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    a society of ruthless competition?

    Hi,teachers and anyone else willing to help me.
    Please tell me whether I can shorten "a society full of ruthless competition" to simply "a society of ruthless competition"? Much of the time, I hate myself for lack of that good feel for the English language. Every day I read English and watch CNN or abcNews, but still I fail to achieve a high level of English proficiency. How desperate I am now to develop at least part of the linguistic intuition native speakers of English have.
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    Richard

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    Re: a society of ruthless competition?

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,teachers and anyone else willing to help me.
    Please tell me whether I can shorten "a society full of ruthless competition" to simply "a society of ruthless competition"? Much of the time, I hate myself for lack of that good feel for the English language. Every day I read English and watch CNN or abcNews, but still I fail to achieve a high level of English proficiency. How desperate I am now to develop at least part of the linguistic intuition native speakers of English have.
    Thanks.
    Richard
    Be patient. You'll improve.
    Yes, "a society of ruthless competition" is good.

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    Re: a society of ruthless competition?

    But, to my ear, 'a society of ruthless competiton' is a society characterized by ruthless competition. It sounds to me a bit more hopeless than 'a society full of ruthless competition'.

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    Re: a society of ruthless competition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Be patient. You'll improve.
    Yes, "a society of ruthless competition" is good.
    Thanks for your encouragement, Raymott. I have never been abroad, but I am now teaching English majors English writing. Many times I find it so hard to decide whether a certain expression exists in English or whether there is something more idiomatic which native speakers of English use. I often google those expressions I have doubt about, but Google is rife with information, correct and incorrect. It is extremely difficult for me, a nonnative, to differentiate the correct from the incorrect in many cases. This is why I love to come here for your advice. But I hate to cause others too much trouble by asking many questions.
    Thanks for your encouragement again.
    Richard

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    Re: a society of ruthless competition?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But, to my ear, 'a society of ruthless competiton' is a society characterized by ruthless competition. It sounds to me a bit more hopeless than 'a society full of ruthless competition'.

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    Thanks for telling me the nuance between these two expressions, BobK.
    Richard

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