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    The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    1. The one who becomes the president is responsible for all the state affairs.
    2. The one who becomes a president is responsible for all the state affairs.
    3. The one who becomes president is responsible for all the state affairs.


    Should we use definite or indefinite articles or is it okay to construct this sentence without them?

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    #2

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    In which context do you want to use this sentence?

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    #3

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    They're all grammatical. In the US, 1 and 3 would be capitalized. I don't know why. It seems pretentious.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In which context do you want to use this sentence?
    In fact, I modified it, actually I replaced general councilor with the president, general councilors are elected in our local body elections, since the people around here are not familiar with the local government set up in Pakistan so I had to replace it with president. all I wanted to know is the usage of articles with designations like this.

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    #5

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    Sentence 3 is correct.
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    #6

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    Yes. I think 1 and 2 are fine, too. As Piscean says, it depends on how it fits with the conversation.
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    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    Re-reading the sentences, I noticed that they're all unnatural. I'd write all affairs of state, not all the state affairs.
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    #8

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    'The one who becomes ...' is also unnatural in most contexts.

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    #9

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    Tell me the natural one please .

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    #10

    Re: The one who becomes a/the president is responsible for

    When you give me the context in which you want to use this sentence.

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