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    What is the rule to use an article in case we come up with a person’s name and profession? I understand that is there is just one of a kind, like a queen or a president, we have to say:

    The president Lincoln promised etc.
    We met the Queen Elizabeth in the zoo yesterday.

    Now we have a situation when we talk about an ordinary teacher:

    Teacher Johnson asked my parents to come and see him.

    Is no-article in this case correct? I am asking because in English books I read phrases like:

    In 1956, the journalist John Johnson wrote etc.

    Why suddenly “the” here and not “a” or nothing at all?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: ? + profession + name

    Quote Originally Posted by shatilof View Post
    What is the rule to use an article in case we come up with a person’s name and profession? I understand that if there is just one of a kind, like a queen or a president, we have to say:

    President Lincoln promised etc.
    We met [] Queen Elizabeth in the zoo yesterday. It's the other way round to what you understand.

    Now we have a situation when we talk about an ordinary teacher:

    My [or "A"] Teacher, Mr Johnson, asked my parents to come and see him. You can call someone "Dr Johnson", or "Colonel Johnson", but not "Teacher Johnson".

    Is no-article in this case correct? I am asking because in English books I read phrases like:

    In 1956, the journalist John Johnson wrote etc. It could also have been "a" journalist, but not "nothing". "Journalist", like "Teacher", is not a title.

    Why suddenly “the” here and not “a” or nothing at all?

    Thank you in advance.
    Please see my correction and comments above.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Great! Thanks, my friend!

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    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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