Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2013
    • Posts: 27
    #1

    I don't know when to put 'a' or just simply omit it.

    They have made me sales manager.

    I found above sentence from a book.
    I am curious why they didn't say 'they have made me a sales manager.'
    Is that a mistake or sometimes it is okay not to put an 'a' or 'an'?

  1. Grumpy's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 972
    #2

    Re: I don't know when to put 'a' or just simply omit it.

    If there is only one sales manager in the company, then this usage is correct. In this case, it is also usual to capitalise the title, as in "Sales Manager".
    If there are several sales managers in the company, then it would be more normal to say "They have made me a sales manager". However, even in this case, it is not wrong to leave out the "a", as in "They promoted me to sales manager", because here you are referring to the rank, rather than the actual specific position.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 1,696
    #3

    Re: I don't know when to put 'a' or just simply omit it.

    Quote Originally Posted by anniey799 View Post
    They have made me sales manager.

    I found the above sentence from a book.
    I am curious why they didn't say 'they have made me a sales manager.'
    Is that a mistake or sometimes it is okay not to put an 'a' or 'an'?
    If they made him "a" sales manager he would have been one of two or more sales managers. If they made him "the" sales manager he was the only sales manager. "I was given the position of sales manager for the East District. My friend was given the positon of sales manager for the Southern District. Joe was given the position of sales manager for the Division, which included both districts."

Similar Threads

  1. don't know how to put it
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 24-Sep-2011, 11:54
  2. please don't put soaps after your bath
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Nov-2009, 07:22
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Jun-2009, 11:00
  4. simply put this
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2007, 00:43
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Jan-2005, 03:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •