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definite or zero article

Postby Hela » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:19 am

Dear teachers,

Would you please tell me why the definite is not used in the following sentence even though the noun is followed by a prepositional phrase ?

King Henry VIII declared himself Ø head of the Church.
F. Mitterand was elected Ø president of France in 1981.

Should "head" and "president" be capitalized ?

Thank you for your help.
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Re: definite or zero article

Postby Alan » Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:10 am

After factitive verbs such such as 'declare' and 'elect', the article is normally omitted.
No, capitalization is not obligatory.
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