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I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct. Is it correct to write "people" without an article?

People in the congregation believed that Michael was Messiah until it was discovered he had embezzled all their money.
 

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"People" is OK as written, but we use the definite article with "Messiah".
 

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Do you always use the definite article with "Messiah"?
 

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If you're speaking of someone with Messiah-like qualities, you can use the indefinite article: He was a Messiah to the people around him. If you're speaking of Messiahs in general, you can use no article: ​He thinks he's some kind of Messiah.
 
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