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    (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    Hi all,

    - The literary critic Harold Bloom was born in 1930.

    Do we need 'the' before 'literary' in the sentence?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by ademoglu; 09-Oct-2014 at 11:02. Reason: changed to 'critic'

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    #2

    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    Yes, and we need to spell critic correctly.

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    #3

    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    I would consider "the" optional there.

    "Literary critic Harold Bloom..." would be fine.

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    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    I am not a teacher.

    I think in BrE only journalists would omit 'the'.

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    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    [Withdrawn]
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 09-Oct-2014 at 09:52. Reason: misunderstood

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    #6

    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    'US President Barack Obama was born in 1961.'
    Should 'The' be added or optional?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'US President Barack Obama was born in 1961.'
    Should 'The' be added or optional?

    Not a teacher.
    No "the."

    I would say "former US President Bill Clinton" for example, with no article.

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    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    Why 'the' is needed before 'literary critic Harold Bloom' but not before 'US President Barack Obama'?

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    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Why 'the' is needed before 'literary critic Harold Bloom' but not before 'US President Barack Obama'?
    It's optional, not required. "Literary critic" is not an office or a title like "President of the United States" is.

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    Re: (the) literary critich Harold Bloom was born in 1930

    'Movie star Peter Chan was born in 1980.'
    'Movie star' is not an office or a title, is 'The' optional too?

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