It is known that if a noun is countable than an article must be used. However, recently I have come across a very interesting sentence. Here it is: "Kate is daughter of John Taylor." What does leaving out the definite article mean there? Would not it be better if it were like " Kate is the daughter of John Taylor"?

  • "Must be used" is an overstatement. Moreover, your example would be much better if rendered as follows: Kate is John Taylor's daughter. – Michael Login Aug 18 '17 at 14:44
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    This is called a bare role noun phrase – user178049 Aug 18 '17 at 15:04

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