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    Red face become a?

    Hello.

    He will become Prime Minister.

    How does it take to become Superman?

    How to become a doctor.


    Don't we have to put "the" or "a" infront of Prime Minister, Superman like a doctor?

    Sorry if its a silly question.


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    Re: become a?

    Welcome, Sibel.
    It's not a silly question at all.
    No, you needn't articles in
    become Prime Minister, king, queen, chaiman etc if there's only one position in those cicumstances. But
    become a teacher, assistant, minister etc - there are a lot of them; smb becomes one of them.
    Best wishes

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    Re: become a?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    No, you needn't articles in
    become Prime Minister, king, queen, chaiman etc if there's only one position in those cicumstances.
    I would really want to use "the" in those cases. Is that grammatical, even if unnatural?

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    Re: become a?

    Quote Originally Posted by sibel1 View Post
    Hello.

    He will become Prime Minister.

    How does it take to become Superman?

    How to become a doctor.


    Don't we have to put "the" or "a" infront of Prime Minister, Superman like a doctor?

    Sorry if its a silly question.
    Articles are tough to learn.

    1. In that case, you can use an article or not. Without the article, it is a title; with the article it is a position.
    2. That should be "What does it take..." No article here, because Superman is a person (sort of).
    3. That is not a sentence. It could be the title of an essay or something like that. The real question is "How does one (or do you) become a doctor?
    This needs an article because it is a profession/job.

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