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    Bassim is offline VIP Member
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    People in the congregation

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct. Is it correct to write "people" without an article?

    People in the congregation believed that Michael was Messiah until it was discovered he had embezzled all their money.

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    Re: People in the congregation

    "People" is OK as written, but we use the definite article with "Messiah".
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    Re: People in the congregation

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    Do you always use the definite article with "Messiah"?

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    Re: People in the congregation

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Do you always use the definite article with "Messiah"?
    Yes.
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    Re: People in the congregation

    If you're speaking of someone with Messiah-like qualities, you can use the indefinite article: He was a Messiah to the people around him. If you're speaking of Messiahs in general, you can use no article: ​He thinks he's some kind of Messiah.
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    Re: People in the congregation

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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