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    article "an"

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    I'm applying for the position of (an) English teacher.

    I'm an English teacher.

    --- Should I use the article "an" in both cases? If not, why?

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    Re: article "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I'm applying for the position of (an) English teacher.

    I'm an English teacher.

    --- Should I use the article "an" in both cases? If not, why?

    Thanks
    I'm an English teacher - yes.

    I'm applying for the position of an English teacher - no. You are clearly applying for a specific position (the position) so it is simply described as "the position of English teacher".

    There is a difference when you use "position of":

    I saw your advert for an English teacher.
    I saw your advert for the position of English teacher.

    It may help to imagine that "English Teacher" is the job title, so when you use "position of", it is followed by the actual job title.

    With a more unspecific position, you may need the article:

    Is there a position open for an English teacher?
    Do you have any positions for an English teacher?

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    Re: article "an"

    What about
    'I'm applying for an English teacher position'

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    Exclamation Re: article "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What about
    'I'm applying for an English teacher position'

    If your sentence ends there without further reference, the answer is ‘yes’. If followed by a clause, definite article 'the' is necessary; as:
    'I'm applying for the English teacher’s position that was advertised recently.'

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    Re: article "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    'I'm applying for the English teachers position that was advertised recently.'
    Is the "'s" really necessary? Instead of just: "the English teacher position".

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    Exclamation Re: article "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Is the "'s" really necessary? Instead of just: "the English teacher position".

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    It works without 's'. I just put it as it sounds good to me.

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    Re: article "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    'I'm applying for the English teachers position that was advertised recently.'
    Hi

    One more thing, shouldn't it rather be: ... that's been advertised recently.

    Thanks

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    Re: article "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
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    One more thing, shouldn't it rather be: ... that's been advertised recently.

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    It depends. If the advert appeared in several newspapers and was re-advertised several times, you might say "that has been advertised", but usually in job applications, you are referring to one specific advert that you saw, in one newspaper on one date.

    I would like to apply for the English teacher position that was advertised in The Daily News on 5/6/2010.

    That specific job was advertised in that paper on that day.

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