No article is used when introducing a person.

This ended terribly for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi; eight years after giving up his nuclear program, the US intervened against him in the Libyan civil war.

A definite article is used when introducing a person.

Thomas Homan, the acting director for ICE, said the first instance is if parents could not prove family ties to the minor.

An indefinite article is used when introducing a person.

Also running in the primary are labor organizer Valerie Ervin, state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, tech entrepreneur Alec Ross, lawyer Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah, a former policy director for Michelle Obama.

Does the article difference depend on the sentence structure? Or is there a rule that dictates when to use a definite or indefinite article when introducing a person in writing.

Thank you in advance.

  • Your third example suggests that Krish Vignarajah is only one of several people who have been policy directors for Mrs Obama. When referring to the one person in a particular post, I don't think there is any rule determining whether to use 'the' or not; it's just a style choice. It would have been OK to put 'This ended terribly for the Libyan leader...' – Kate Bunting May 31 '18 at 7:51

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