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    Article before this noun...

    Hi,
    Why threr is no article as in "he is President of the UK"? my teacher told me that this noun is a title, but I'm still confused because sometimes I see such sentences with articles. Please, let me know the right usage..

    Thanks

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    Re: Article before this noun...

    Quote Originally Posted by Futuresound View Post
    Hi,
    Why threr is no article as in "he is President of the UK"? my teacher told me that this noun is a title, but I'm still confused because sometimes I see such sentences with articles. Please, let me know the right usage..

    Thanks
    Generally speaking you can choose whether to use "the" in this case.
    He is president of the U.K. and he is the president of the U.K. are both perfectly acceptable to a native speaker, but unfortunately they would both be wrong! The U.K. has no president, only a Prime Minister.


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    Re: Article before this noun...

    Thanks, but I assume you know that I was talking about the form of the sentence and not its meaning. Anyway, let's say: He is the President of the United States.

    Thanks for your help

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    Re: Article before this noun...

    Quote Originally Posted by Futuresound View Post
    Thanks, but I assume you know that I was talking about the form of the sentence and not its meaning. Anyway, let's say: He is the President of the United States.

    Thanks for your help
    Sorry - I didn't mean it to sound patronising. I was trying to answer about the form of the sentence, but thought it worth mentioning about the PM while I was at it. (Just in case people thought we had a president).


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    Re: Article before this noun...

    Hi,
    you don't have to say "sorry". You know, I'm a student in one of the higher colleges of technology in my country, and I'm interested in getting more information about English language. I consider each single piece of information as a treasure, so I don't take care of the meaning of different sentences when talking grammatically about them. It's okay.

    Thanks

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