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Kwame Kilpatrick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first line:
Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is the former mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
My question is about the right use of 'the' . Should it be an 'a' to be put there instead, considering the fact that there are other former mayors of that city?
List of mayors of Detroit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Detroit mayors list shows the current mayor is (Should I use 'was' here? I am not sure. ) preceded by Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., who succeeded Mr. Kilpatrick.
Or, you could say, "At the time of publication of the List of Detroit mayors, the current mayor was ..."
However, you'll see on the bottom of that page:
"This page was last modified on 9 June 2010 at 01:13."
So an assumption that it's up to date is reasonable.
(Shift of focus)
It depends. If the author means "he" is the (former) mayor of Detroit and not that of Texas, California, etc., the definite article is okay here.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Last edited by albertino; 28-Jun-2010 at 04:57.
You are a student of, let's say, Manila University.
However, I don't think I can say you are the student of Manila University. The reason is simple: there are a lot of students in Manila University.
Let's take another example:
You are the president of the Philippines. I don't think I can say you are a president of the Philippines. The reason is that there is only one sitting president at a time.