- "I will take him as ward, if you wish"
Why the writer didn't use an article before ward?
English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
ward is a role, broadly conceived. Guardian: ward, mentor : protege, leader: follower, etc. Articles are not used when the noun refers to the role.
He was the 40th president of the country. specific instance
He was elected president. elected to the role/position
He was appointed guardian to the child.
He took the child on as ward.
Note the use of the preposition as. It signals a role.
A circumstance when "ward" does take an article is
He became a ward of the state.
He went into foster care.
"Ward" is one of those legal terms which can get used, in what I term, a "flat" way, without articles.
"Ward", "guardian" "power of attorney" are examples.
As guardian your written permission is necessary...
He has power of attorney over all matters...