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    indefinite article 'a'

    Hi,

    I read the following sentence from the back cover of a textbook:

    " Mr X is professor of computer science at university.....".

    I wonder if it is grammatically correct if I put 'a' in front of the word 'professor', and the whole sentence becomes "Mr X is a professor of computer science at university ....".

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by jchtse View Post
    Hi,

    I read the following sentence from the back cover of a textbook:

    " Mr X is professor of computer science at university.....".
    Mr X is a/the professor ... who likes to ...


    I wonder if it is grammatically correct if I put 'a' in front of the word 'professor', and the whole sentence becomes "Mr X is a professor of computer science at university ....".

    Thanks for the help!
    I am not a teacher.

    Compare:

    Mr X is professor of computer science at university....
    Mr X is a/the professor ... who likes to ...

    Sounds like the article requires a complement. It's a possibility. I am not good at this, a teacher will probably explain why.

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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by jchtse View Post
    Hi,

    I read the following sentence from the back cover of a textbook:

    " Mr X is professor of computer science at university.....". (If he is the only one professor in teaching computer science.)

    I wonder if it is grammatically correct if I put 'a' in front of the word 'professor', and the whole sentence becomes "Mr X is a professor of computer science at university ....".(If there is more than one professor in teaching computer science)

    Thanks for the help!
    Not a teacher.


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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    " Mr X is professor of computer science at university.....". (If he is the only one professor in teaching computer science.)

    Then why not:
    " Mr X is the professor of computer science at university.....". ("If he is the only one professor in teaching computer science", and the definite article 'the' is used when we are referring to a specific someone/something?)

    We need to give jchtse a clearer understanding of this.

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    Cool Re: indefinite article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post

    We need to give jchtse a clearer understanding of this.
    I reckon the clearest way to do so is by saying that such a use is considered incorrect.


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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by jchtse View Post
    Hi,

    I read the following sentence from the back cover of a textbook:

    " Mr X is professor of computer science at university.....".

    I wonder if it is grammatically correct if I put 'a' in front of the word 'professor', and the whole sentence becomes "Mr X is a professor of computer science at university ....".

    Thanks for the help!
    This is possibly a title, in which case it should read: Mr X is Professor of Computer Science at ...

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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    " Mr X is professor of computer science at university.....". (If he is the only one professor in teaching computer science.)(We usually leave out the definite article if the post/role one holds or plays is unique)(Some more examples: Elizabeth the second is (the) Queen of the United Kingdom. Peter is (the) captain of the football team.)

    Then why not:
    " Mr X is the professor of computer science at university.....". ("If he is the only one professor in teaching computer science", and the definite article 'the' is used when we are referring to a specific someone/something?)

    We need to give jchtse a clearer understanding of this.
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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    albertino:

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    Cool Re: indefinite article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
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    Hm, the trouble is that the professor doesn't seem to hold such a position as the queen or captain can.
    There can be many professors representing a university; there can only be one captain in a team and one queen in a kingdom.


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    Re: indefinite article 'a'

    engee30: There can be many professors representing a university;

    How many "representing" "Computer Science at (the) university?"

    Without an article, it indicates what "Queen of England" indicates - there's only one!

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