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    the definite article

    Hi,

    I am going mad with the usage of the definite article...

    Here is the sentence:

    The idea that exploitation could lead to destruction or devastation, much less extinction, simply was not a key part of American society’s discussion over how to interact with and manage nature.

    Do we need the definite article here before American society? Please explain the rule. It would be of great help. Thank you!

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    Re: the definite article

    No article. You are dicussing American society in general, not a particular American society. "The American Society of One Legged Cowboys", for example.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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