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In 2011, she joined the XYZ Institute as a navigation officer. After over two years in the institute, in November 2013, Toutmai started the second officer's job at Siren for Fleet Ship Management.

In 2011, she joined the XYZ Institute as a navigation officer. After over two years in the institute, in November 2013, Toutmai started a second officer's job at Siren for Fleet Ship Management.

I know that we say "I am a teacher". I digged deeper into articles and learned about another rule, that is, we use the before superlatives and ordinal numbers. In the quoted sentences these two rules seem to be in conflict. Should I use a because second officer is a job title, or should I use the because of the presence of the ordinal number? Or does it depend on a context? I cannot imagine answering the question,

Who is the second officer on this ship?

with "I am a second officer." Seems not specific enough. Please clarify.

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    [correction: I dug //after more than two years] – Lambie Nov 29 '19 at 14:10
  • @Lambie: Why "more than" instead of "over"? – Jerzy Brzóska Nov 29 '19 at 21:17
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I don't think either is correct. I might say:

Toutmai started as second officer at Siren

or, less literally

Toutmai took the role of second officer at Siren

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