Is it OK to say, `The President Abdul Kalam visited Chennai last week’?

If you want to include an individual’s name with titles like `Queen’, `King’, `Prime Minister’ and `President’, then you normally don’t use the definite article `the’. For example, we do not say, `The Queen Elizabeth drank coffee’. We can either say, `The Queen drank coffee’ or `Queen Elizabeth drank coffee’. Your sentence is therefore wrong. You can either say, `The President visited Chennai last week’ or `President Abdul Kalam visited Chennai last week.’

Source: The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, December 19, 2005

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