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    Post a present of the US?

    Dear friends,


    -If you were president of the U.S., what would be the first change you would make?

    In the sentence above, would you please tell me why we don't use 'a' before 'president', especially when I'm not talking about any definite president of the U.S.?

    Thank you!

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    Re: a present of the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear friends,


    -If you were president of the U.S., what would be the first change you would make?

    In the sentence above, would you please tell me why we don't use 'a' before 'president', especially when I'm not talking about any definite president of the U.S.?

    Thank you!
    At any given time there is only one president of the USA.

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    Re: a present of the US?

    Thank you! bhaisahab.

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    Re: a present of the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear friends,


    -If you were president of the U.S., what would be the first change you would make?

    In the sentence above, would you please tell me why we don't use 'a' before 'president', especially when I'm not talking about any definite president of the U.S.?

    Thank you!

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) You have asked an excellent question -- one that I have often

    asked myself.

    (2) Besides the moderator's excellent answer, may I respectfully

    add a few points?

    (a) I think that some people would prefer to say:

    If I were the president of the United States, I would ....

    (b) As you pointed out, however, it is quite common to say:

    If I were president, I would ....

    (c) Why? I found one answer in a Google e-book entitled

    Studies on Copular Sentences by Renaat Declerck. (Excuse me

    for not using a title in front of the author's name. I do not know

    whether the author is male or female.)

    (i) That author tells us that we may delete "the" when the noun

    phrase refers to a rank, function, or position:

    That man is president of the club.

    (ii) BUT: we may NOT delete the "the" if it describes or identifies,

    as in:

    Tom: Who is that?

    Martha: Oh, that is the president of the club.


    Have a nice day!


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    Re: a present of the US?

    Thank you, James.

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