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    Can't "DETERMINERS" be doubled?

    Ms Bell, one of the first female graduates from Oxford University, travelled through the Middle East, working as an archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer for the British Empire, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

    Since all these nouns can be plural, we should make them all parallel by adding DETERMINERS to all of them.

    This is my point of view. "working as an archaeologist, an explorer, a cartographer and a political officer"

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    Re: Can't "DETERMINERS" be doubled?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Ms Bell, one of the first female graduates from Oxford University, travelled through the Middle East, working as an archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer for the British Empire, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

    Since all these nouns can be plural, we should make them all parallel by adding DETERMINERS to all of them.

    This is my point of view. "working as an archaeologist, an explorer, a cartographer and a political officer"
    You could. I would remove the first 'a', and use none. "She worked as archaeologist, explorer ..."

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    Re: Can't "DETERMINERS" be doubled?

    "She worked as archaeologist" sounds funny to me. I'd include an article the first time. Including it every time seems tedious.

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    Re: Can't "DETERMINERS" be doubled?

    There's no need to put determiners in capitals or inverted commas.

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    Re: Can't "DETERMINERS" be doubled?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "She worked as archaeologist" sounds funny to me. I'd include an article the first time. Including it every time seems tedious.
    Yes, but there's a special usage that I'm asserting one could use here.

    A: "Did you work as a doctor and a surgeon in that little town?"
    B: "I worked as doctor, surgeon, obstetrician, paediatrician ... you name it!"

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    Re: Can't "DETERMINERS" be doubled?

    It doesn't improve the sentence for me- it's just cluttering it up with unnecessary articles.

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