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    grammar

    I.People want him to be king.

    II. " What are you doing?"
    " Make you king"

    Need I put " the/a" before the word "king" in above cases? Please.


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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I.People want him to be king.

    II. " What are you doing?"
    " Making you king"

    Need I put " the/a" before the word "king" in above cases? Please.
    [Without more context] no, you do not need the article.

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    Re: grammar

    Because the word "king" usually doesn't need articles before it? Or any word in such cases don't need articles?

    Please.

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Because the word "king" usually doesn't need articles before it? Or any word in such cases don't need articles?

    Please.
    Hey, compatriot, may I chip in?
    With words like "elect, appoint, make", we usually use zero article before a title/job position/rank which is unique in an organisation/institution etc.(Otherwise an indefinite article is used)
    For example,
    He was elected president/CEO.
    She is made Queen of the UK.
    Peter is appointed captain of the football team.

    (Not a teacher.)

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    Re: grammar

    Xie Xie, Tong bao!

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