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    A second time

    Is it wrong to omit "a" before "a second time"?

    "He wanted to become the president a second time."
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    Re: A second time

    Yes, it would be incorrect without the indefinite article. I would word it like this:

    He wanted to become President for a second time.

    (I might use "a second term".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A second time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, it would be incorrect without the indefinite article. I would word it like this:

    He wanted to become President for a second time.

    (I might use "a second term".)
    Oh, it should be capitalized. Thank you. Is it always capitalized?

    This isn't wrong either, is it?

    "He wanted to become President a second time." I mean the version without "for".

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    Re: A second time

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    This isn't wrong either, is it?

    "He wanted to become President a second time." I mean the version without "for".
    No, that's fine, at least in American English.
    I am not a teacher.

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