Using the Definite Article Before “Society”


When writing your essays, remember that we don’t usually use the definite article (“the”) before “society.”

For example, we never say something like:

“Because the society is so complex, people are busier than ever.”

Instead, we just say:

“Because society is so complex, people are busier than ever.”

An exception is when you are talking about a specific society. We do sometimes say something like “the society of Japan” or “the society of Canada” but even this is a bit clunky, and it is usually better to use “Japanese society,” as in:

Japanese society is very complex.”









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