If I write Mr. ABC, President of the XYZ Corporation, . . . do I need to use the before President? I know it is must when we are mentioning organizations, but what about designation (more specifically, designation with organization, if it matters at all)?

  • Why is it a "must when we are mentioning organizations"? What is the source of that rule?
    – Kris
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 6:29
  • @Kris So you're telling me you'd write a sentence like President of United States is expected tonight? <cringes>
    – ankush981
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 6:32
  • Not necessarily.
    – Kris
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 6:36
  • @Kris Yes or no? And by which rule?
    – ankush981
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 6:37
  • That was my Question :)
    – Kris
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 6:41

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It depends how, in a sentence, or in a designation it is written. I could for example write:

'Francois Hollande, President of France, is hosting a banquet in Versailles.' The words 'President of France' are simply being used as a designation, and form a subordinate adjectival clause to the name.

But if I refer to him by title only I would have to say:

The President of France, and all the other leaders of the G8, are dining at the Palais de Versailles tonight.

  • Of course if I was speaking in French I would have to say 'Francois Hollande, le president de la France', since the article is never omitted, even in 'Monsieur le President'.
    – WS2
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 7:32

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