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  1. If I were the President, I would make everyone happy.

  2. If I were President, I would make everyone happy.

Could you tell me the differences between the sentences?

I'd appreciate your help. Thank you.

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  • @ColleenV That is not the same and provides no definite guidance, in my opinion.
    – Lambie
    Jun 29, 2021 at 13:48
  • @Lambie It could use a better answer, but it’s essentially the same question.
    – ColleenV
    Jun 29, 2021 at 13:49
  • @ColleenV I disagree. That one asks why there is no "the" and not what the difference would be with a the and without one.
    – Lambie
    Jun 29, 2021 at 13:51
  • Actually, this is the one I was looking for and couldn’t find (until now that is) ell.stackexchange.com/q/27182/9161
    – ColleenV
    Jun 29, 2021 at 13:54

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  • If I were the President, I would make everyone happy.

The specific one in office now.

  • If I were president, I would make everyone happy.

A generic idea not referring to the president in office now.

[US news organizations capitalize the President, for the US president but it is not really necessary. It is a style choice.]

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