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    the London mayor

    Student B. You are the mayor of Volgograd and you are talking to the London mayor
    discussing the good points and problems of public transport in your cities.


    Above is an instruction for students' paired work. Is the definite article properly used?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: the London mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Student B. You are the mayor of Volgograd and you are talking to the London mayor
    discussing the good points and problems of public transport in your cities.


    Above is an instruction for students' paired work. Is the definite article properly used?
    Yes. Although "the mayor of London" would be more usual.

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    Re: the London mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes. Although "the mayor of London" would be more usual.
    You would not capitalize "Mayor"?

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    Re: the London mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You would not capitalize "Mayor"?
    I wouldn't but it wouldn't shock me if others did.

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    Re: the London mayor

    I just discovered that the Mayor of London and the Lord Mayor of London are two different positions. In Australia, all our Lord Mayors (of the states' capital cities) are the mayors of those cities.

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    Re: the London mayor

    The Lord Mayor of London occupies a non-political elected post with a largely ceremonial and representative role, covering only the "City of London": a small area in the centre of London containing many historic buildings, and banking and other financial institutions. The Mayor of London is a politician, elected to be responsible for actually running all of Greater London, including the City of London.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: the London mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    The Lord Mayor of London occupies a non-political elected post with a largely ceremonial and representative role, covering only the "City of London": a small area in the centre of London containing many historic buildings, and banking and other financial institutions. The Mayor of London is a politician, elected to be responsible for actually running all of Greater London, including the City of London.
    That's interesting! I thought only the queen was left from the past to play ceremonial roles. Do British people argue about the necessity of the post of the Lord Mayor the way they do it about the queen and the monarchy?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: the London mayor

    I argue about the necessity of any post which is unelected and which takes up taxpayers' money.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the London mayor

    There are hundreds of the vermin around. Lords-lieutenant anf High Sheriffs spring to mind.

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    Re: the London mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I argue about the necessity of any post which is unelected and which takes up taxpayers' money.
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    So, are there more posts like this in Britain, I mean just symbolic and ceremonial? Sorry for being overly curious.)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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