Our friend, the English teacher in Iran, asked another good question. Unlike his questions about the singular or plural use of “any,” this one has a straightforward answer. (Fortunately!) Here’s his question.
I have just bought a novel, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
There is a page about Jonathan Swift’s life. There, I found a sentence which I cannot analyze grammatically, no matter how much I am scratching my head to come up with an answer. The sentence is:
“At the age of thirty-one, Swift returned to Ireland as chaplain to a lord justice.”
To me, this sentence is 100% wrong grammatically. It should be:
“At the age of thirty-one, Swift returned to Ireland as A chaplain to a lord justice.”
Here is my reason: “chaplain” cannot be used without an “A” in front of it because it is in singular and an “A” is needed in front of it.
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