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    Woodrow Wilson was a president of the USA. He was President from 1913 to 1921.

    I'm not sure about 'a president' in the first sentence. The idea is 'one of the presidents in the country's history'. But can it be expressed that way?

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    Hi Clark

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I have no problem with the "a".

    Similarly, I would have no problem with saying : "Tiger Woods is an American golfer."

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    Re: article

    How about:

    Woodrow Wilson was U.S. President from 1913 to 1921.

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    Re: article

    Hi Clark
    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    How about:
    Woodrow Wilson was U.S. President from 1913 to 1921.
    susiedqq's suggestion works for me too.

    The original post, I would expect, would be the answer to "Who was Woodrow Wilson?", giving an immediate answer, followed by further information.

    susiedqq's sentence could be in answer to the question:
    "Who was U.S. President from 1913 to 1921 (or during the first World War - i.e. WWI)?"

    Hope this helps
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    Re: article

    The idea was to contrast 'president' and 'a president' (to illustrate the use of articles with nouns as predicatives): the unique position at a certain time vs. one of many in historical perspective. If the sentence doesn't irritate your ear, then the target is accomplished. Thanks.

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