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    vcolts is offline Member
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    Default Article Q: elected as/appointed as + no article + position

    Ex1:

    a. Obama was elected as president in 2008.
    b. Obama was elected as the president in 2008.
    c. Obama was elected as a president in 2008.

    Ex2: J

    a. Jackson was appointed as chairman in 2010.
    b. Jackson was appointed as the chariman in 2010.
    c. Jackson was appointed as a chairman in 2010.

    My understanding is that (A) is the most used form while (B) and (C) are also grammatically correct.

    My question: In the case of (A), why is the article "the" or even "a" missing? Why is it grammatically acceptable to put no article there?


    Thanks in advance.

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    abaka is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: Article Q: elected as/appointed as + no article + position

    The most common version is:

    Obama was elected president in 2008. Jackson was appointed chairman in 2010.

    The three you have are all used, but frankly sound a little odd unless in context.

    I think the best explanation is that in conversation rhythm must be maintained, and so there exists a limited amount of flexibility beyond the strict grammatical prescriptions.

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