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    Word "society"

    I have a problem when using the word "society"; I am not sure when I need to use the article the, or no article.
    Please, could you correct my mistakes in the following sentences.

    1. The professor has criticised the state of the society. ( I am not sure if I need the)
    2. The author's novel is about the American society.
    3. It is difficult to predict how the British society is going to develop in the future. (Do I need an article at all?)
    4. There are many reasons for the moral crisis in the contemporary society.
    5. In many undeveloped countries there is still agricultural society.
    6. British PM could not find a solution for social problems in society.
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    Re: Word "society"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have a problem when using the word "society"; I am not sure when I need to use the article the, or no article.
    Please, could you correct my mistakes in the following sentences.

    1. The professor has criticised the state of the society. ( I am not sure if I need the)
    It depends whether you are talking about society in general, or about a particular society/club/association.
    2. The author's novel is about the American society.
    3. It is difficult to predict how the British society is going to develop in the future. (Do I need an article at all?)
    4. There are many reasons for the moral crisis in the contemporary society.
    5. In many undeveloped countries there is still agricultural society.
    I don't think 'society' is appropriate here. I would suggest something like: "Life in many undeveloped countries is still largely based on agriculture".
    6. The British Prime Minister could not find a solution for the social problems in society.
    When 'society' refers to people in general, it usually functions as an uncountable noun.

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