"Roosevelt was re-elected the President of the United States for the fourth time."

I wonder why "the United States" should get rid of "the?"

And is it necessary to add "as" behind "re-elected"?

  • Using "as" will never be wrong, but it can be omitted and fluent readers will understand it. It depends on the target audience which way is best.
    – user3169
    Jan 27, 2017 at 0:33
  • The sentence has a semantic error. FDR was re-elected three times. He served three full terms, and part of a fourth term.
    – Jasper
    Jan 27, 2017 at 1:15
  • In my opinion, "relected" with "as" improves it slightly: "re-elected as the President". Jan 27, 2017 at 5:00

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The sentence is correct. You must keep "the" with United States. You do not need to add "as," although you could use it.

  • 1
    On the other hand, using the definite article before the word "president" is optional here. You can safely use either "Roosevelt was re-elected the President of the United States" or "Roosevelet was re-elected President of the United States." In fact, the latter usage is probably much more frequent nowadays within the United States.
    – user48167
    Jan 27, 2017 at 2:06

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