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    I'm (a) Leo (the article with star signs)

    I've got mixed up with articles this time. As far as I know, we can either use or drop the article in sentences like:
    E.g. I'm (an) American.
    With the article, American is a noun, without one, it is an adjective (like in: The pen is red).
    What about astrological signs? I thought that the article was obligatory with them.
    E.g. I'm a Leo (like in: I'm a doctor).
    However, I think I've heard people drop articles in such cases more than once (I'm Leo. / I'm Gemini. / I'm Pisces). If with Pisces I can account the zero article for the plural form of the noun, I can't get the reason for dropping the indefinite article with all other signs. Have I misheard it, or do we not need articles at all with star signs? Is it a rule or just a tradition then?
    Thanks a million for clearing it all up for me!

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    Re: I'm (a) Leo (the article with star signs)

    It doesn't matter. You can say it with or without the article.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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