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    Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sente

    Hi, everybody!

    William Ropp (1960, Nancy, France) is a contemporary photographer, a photo-artist famous for his series of portraits.

    I need to know whether we need the second article in this one.


    In general, do we need to use the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sentence? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    Yes, use the second article. It could be a definite article if it was something like "... the artist famous for the Mona Lisa."

    Yes, in general you say someone is "a teacher" or "an engineer." If it is something very specific (which is to say "definite") then use the definite article.

    "He is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers" v "He is a professional football player."

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    SoothingDave, I mean I want to know if we need it when citing several occupations for the same person in one sentence. Like here:

    Stephen Ellsworth Coit (born April 18, 1948, in Beverly, Massachusetts) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and painter, best known for his series of portraits commissioned by Harvard University.

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    I've decided to phrase it in the following way:

    William Ropp (1960, Nancy, France) is a contemporary photographer and photo-artist, best known for his series of portraits.

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    SoothingDave, I mean I want to know if we need it when citing several occupations for the same person in one sentence. Like here:

    Stephen Ellsworth Coit (born April 18, 1948, in Beverly, Massachusetts) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and painter, best known for his series of portraits commissioned by Harvard University.
    No, you don't need it. It reads perfectly natural the way it is.

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    I appeciate your help, Sir! I don't want to start another thread. Just need an opinion on this one:

    In the early 90-s, he found a/the style that would make him famous.


    I don't know. Personally, I'd go for THE in this one.

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    I like "the" too. But note its "90s."

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    Would writing "90's" be considered a serious error?

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Would writing "90's" be considered a serious error?
    No, but without the apostrophe is the way it is done.

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    Re: Urgent: using the indefinite article when citing someone's occupations in one sen

    Bennevis, please note/remember that using words like "Urgent" in a thread title or a thread is discouraged on the forum. We are all volunteers, helping out here in our own time so we work to our timescales, not other people's. We don't give priority to one person's threads over another person's.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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