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    job titles - article

    I've learnt that you have to use job titles with an article in English:

    - "I am a teacher."

    But recently I've come across a lot of examples where job titles are used without the article. Is this a new development? In which cases can you leave out the article?

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    Re: job titles - article

    Quote Originally Posted by Julie17 View Post
    I've learnt that you have to use job titles with an article in English:

    - "I am a teacher."

    But recently I've come across a lot of examples where job titles are used without the article. Is this a new development? In which cases can you leave out the article?
    Have you examples of a noun without an article after BE?

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    Re: job titles - article

    If the job title is the name of a position, you can see it used sometimes without an article.

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    Re: job titles - article

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    Have you examples of a noun without an article after BE?
    I can't find any examples right now, but I THINK, I read something like: "He is banker ..." But then again that sounds really horrible, hope I can find the original.....

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    Re: job titles - article

    Quote Originally Posted by Julie17 View Post
    I can't find any examples right now, but I THINK, I read something like: "He is banker ..." But then again that sounds really horrible, hope I can find the original.....
    Yes, that happens sometimes: "He is CEO of CocaCola Amatil; Obama is President of the US; She is Chief Surgeon at the army base."
    These all omit the definite article.

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    Re: job titles - article

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, that happens sometimes: "He is CEO of CocaCola Amatil; Obama is President of the US; She is Chief Surgeon at the army base."
    These all omit the definite article.
    But there has to be a complement? And they just omit the definite article?

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    Re: job titles - article

    NOT A TEACHER

    I started a similar thread once. It might be useful as well: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...able-noun.html
    Last edited by tom3m; 17-Sep-2012 at 22:22.

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