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    No article

    Hi.

    I earlier cited an example from CALDŽ as follows:

    "He's just been appointed (as) director of the publishing division."

    Why isn't there an article?

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    Re: No article

    Because it's not necessary when you appoint + somebody(+as) + job title. We would need one here: They have just appointed a new director of the publishing division,

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    Re: No article

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    Because it's not necessary when you appoint + somebody(+as) + job title. We would need one here: They have just appointed a new director of the publishing division,
    but "a" is an article too

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    but "a" is an article too
    I don't understand the point you are trying to make. I said that an article was not necessary in your example, but that it was in mine,

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    Re: No article

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't understand the point you are trying to make. I said that an article was not necessary in your example, but that it was in mine,
    So in my sentence, appointed is used as an adj.?Why isn't thhere a need in my sentence?Our sentences both use 'appoint'

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    Re: No article

    One difference between the two examples:

    They have appointed = active
    He has been appointed = passive

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    Re: No article

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    One difference between the two examples:

    They have appointed = active
    He has been appointed = passive
    What are you getting at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    What are you getting at?
    emsr2d2 is not 'getting at' anything. She is merely pointing out that 'appointed' is part of an active or passive verb construction. It is not an adjective.

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    Re: No article

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    emsr2d2 is not 'getting at' anything. She is merely pointing out that 'appointed' is part of an active or passive verb construction. It is not an adjective.

    It's gotten combersome!So why would appoint in the first sentence make the unnecessary?

    It's like answering 'why?' with 'because the sky is high!', as do some teachers here in Iran.

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