Hold a/the position of


Which of these sentences is correct?


She holds the position of trademark assistant.


She holds a position of a trademark assistant.

asked Jun 02 '14 at 11:59 Ema Kis New member

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The definite article (the) is used when you are describing a specific person or thing.  You definitiey know the person or thing.  The indefinite article (a or an) is when it is non-specific.  It coulr be any person or thing.


She could hold the position of trademark assistant.  This means we know what one trademark assistant she is.


She could hold a position as a trademark assistant.  Notice I changed the preposition.  We don't know which trademark assistant she is.


The sentence in the comment to Rahul is incorrect. If you know the person's name, then you know which specific name and which specific person.

Please provide us with the name of the person who will assist us.


If you don't know (or care) which person, then you could say:

Please provide us with a name for someone who will assist us.

link edited Jun 03 '14 at 02:01 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you for your comments.

''Please provide us with a name of a person", I did not properly explain what I meant.

No specific person nor name, therefore I put ''A'', though ''of construction'' was used. As I mentioned, ''of construction'' does not necessarily require ''THE".

Ema KisJun 03 '14 at 08:53

As I mentioned, the sentence is not correct as you originally wrote it. If you use "of", it will be specific & you'll need "the" - The name of. It is the noun in front of it that we worry about. Notice your first sentence has no article at all - THE position of trademark assistant.

Patty TJun 03 '14 at 10:32

Thank you again for your comments. To conclude and put an end to this matter, ''THE'' is always used with "of phrase". So, it is correct THE end of a/the street, THE title of a/the book, THE name of a/the person, THE colour of a/the wall,...

Ema KisJun 03 '14 at 11:39

One more and last thing. An article is not required in my first sentence. THE position of trademark assistant.

Ema KisJun 03 '14 at 11:58

I just recalled the following sentence. The dove is a symbol of love. There can be many symbols of love and "dove'' is one of many, therefore, ''A" is used. Right?

Ema KisJun 03 '14 at 12:20

The rose is a symbol of love.Although we have ''of phrase'', the indefinite article is used. The rose is one of many symbols of love, therefore, I put ''A''. We do not refer to some specific rose. So, it is possible to use ''A" with ''of phrase'.

Ema KisJun 04 '14 at 10:52

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In 'of construction' article 'the' is used.

link answered Jun 02 '14 at 12:43 Rahul Gupta Expert

But not always. What about the following example?

Please provide us with a name of a person who will assist us.

We have 'of construction', however a is used.

Ema KisJun 02 '14 at 17:51

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