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 in which the definite article is used

You will be a god-king. (300 Rise of Empire)


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possible duplicate of The definite article "the" was missing

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Predicate nominals that are unique titles, in the sense of positions being held by one person, can take zero article or a definite article as shown in 31(a) and 31(b)....

a. John is managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
b. John is the managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cowan, Ron. (2008). The Teacher's Grammar of English with Answers: A Course Book and Reference Guide. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 218.

Jim Reynolds

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