[The?] Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron ....

Garbuz

Senior Member
Russian
Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron arrived in Egypt.

Do I need 'The' with 'prime minister'?

Is it better to say: UK Prime Minister David Cameron ...'?

Thanks in advance.
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Your first sentence (Prime Minister of UK David Cameron) sounds like AE to my ears. We usually have the.
    I would also prefer "The Prime Minister, David Cameron,". But since we do not normally say UK in reference to the PM, this heading would come from outside the UK. So it would not necessarily be written as BE.
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    For me, if you include the country name after the title, it has to include 'the' and be separated:

    Prime Minister David Cameron arrived
    British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron arrived
    The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, arrived

    'The' + separation is also possible with the others:

    The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, arrived
    The Prime Minister, David Cameron, arrived

    ('UK Prime Minister' is not how we normally say it, but is grammatical in this intonation, so I include it.)
     

    Fabulist

    Banned
    American English
    Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron arrived in Egypt.

    Do I need 'The' with 'prime minister'?
    It's a little wordy in the original, but possible, at least in AmE, or perhaps in Am journalese. If you use "the," then you need to set off the name with commas.

    Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron arrived in Egypt.:tick:
    The Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, arrived in Egypt.:tick:
    The Prime Minister of Great Britaid David Cameron arrived in Egypt.:cross:

    Is it better to say: UK Prime Minister David Cameron ...'?

    Thanks in advance.
    Not sure. It's certainly better than "Great British:cross: Prime Minister David Cameron ..." You could say, "Great Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, ...":tick: Note the commas. But no commas with UK:
    "UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, arrived ...":cross:
     
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