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"She's the author of" or "She's author of"? - which one is correct?

What's the difference in the usage of the article "the" with the word "author"? Why is the article "the" left in the second sentence? She's the author of "The Power of Glamour," "The Future and Its ...
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"A Man Named "Rand" Thinks He Can Be President" [duplicate]

Why is there no article (a or the) in front of "President"? Is the title grammatically correct? Link to Gawker.com
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He was state champion and national record holder

Why is there no article used with state champion and national record holder in this sentence? In high school he was state champion and national record holder. What would happen if a or the were ...
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Articles before profession names: "Ms. Smith, public health nurse, was born..."

I know that, in general, we use an article before a name of a profession. For instance: He is a doctor. But should we put an article in the following cases? Mr. Smith, a doctor, works… Ms. Smith, ...
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Zero article before emperor in "You will not be emperor"

Emperor is a countable noun according to the Cambridge dictionary. Why the zero article is used in the following sentence? You will not be emperor. (Gladiator) Comparing to the similar construction ...
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the Viking King Harald Bluetooth -- why "the"?

Source: Sams Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours by Joe Casad (2012) Example: Authors and linguists are delighted that the creators of this technology did not use an acronym for it. But why did they ...
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Articles as manager/as a manager [duplicate]

I'd be happy to see Jim as manager. That might be a little confusing because they know me as manager. We will work with him on the issue, in his capacity as manager of the company. But as manager, you ...
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"the role of guide" or "the role of a guide"?

While Heaphy was in the role of hawk-eyed, sure-handed, specimen-procuring guide, Hochstetter, Haast and their colleagues were delighted by him and quick to sing his praises. (source) This sentence ...
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"His graduation to dictator took years" — wny no article in front of "dictator"? [duplicate]

From an LA Times article: His graduation to dictator took years. In that time, he dismantled Russia's electoral system, took over its media, saw many of his opponents killed, jailed or forced into ...
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as chief ideologist - article omissiom [duplicate]

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2014/0707/With-Ukraine-rebels-on-the-ropes-some-Russians-ask-Where-is-Putin-video Dugin is widely viewed as chief ideologist for the hawkish wing of ...
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What is the difference between 'the President’ and 'President'? [duplicate]

If I were the President, I would make everyone happy. 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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'king of the lionfish' or 'the king of the lionfish'

I came across the headline "Becoming king of the lionfish to save the ocean" from CNN but grammatically I guess the king of the lionfish seems better correct as the king is of the lionfish. Is it ...
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Why isn't there a definite article in front of "savior of the movies"? [duplicate]

The following is taken from a CNN article. Why doesn't the boldfaced phrase have a definite article? Dubbed savior of the movies by Steven Spielberg himself, Cruise concluded his speech on Sunday by ...
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