An explanation in my grammar book tells me that some expressions have no article:

  1. He was elected President.
  2. She became Queen.
  3. They made her Manager.

According to Cambridge Dictionary, chairman is countable and in relation with the title, is it correct to say:

They didn't elect him as a Chairman.

The sentence above is taken from my book. I don't know why they wrote C in capital. Anyway, this is the original sentence:

They didn't elect him Chairman - he gave himself the job.

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Either is correct:
elect him as chairman
elect him chairman

The word may be capitalized Chairman because it is the proper name of a position in a particular context.

*elect him as a chairman * is also possible, but that makes the capitalization less likely to be correct.


"Elect him as a chairman" sounds fine to me grammatically, though in this case it should probably be "the", since there's only one chairman. ("A chairman" would be fine in a case where chairmen of multiple committees are being elected.)

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