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    I could have been

    Hello,

    If I would say "I could have been president"...why is there not a "a" in front of president, as " I could have been a president"?

    Thank you

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    Re: I could have been

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Hello,

    If I would say "I could have been president"...why is there not a "a" in front of president, as " I could have been a president"?

    Thank you
    The assumption is that you could have been president of something; e.g., I could have been President (of the United States).

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Hello,

    If I would say "I could have been president"...why is there not a "a" in front of president, as " I could have been a president"?

    Thank you
    President is a title of the top most post of an organization, company, trade unions, universities, and countries. If you have assumed to be the president of a specific country say America, as clarified by Soup you can not use any article before president. However, if you use a modifier, or you have desire to be president of any establishment, you can say;
    I could have been a better President.
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    I wish, I could have been a President of a reputed company.

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