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onsen
Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 5:34:09 PM
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Hello,

As society grew more complex, parts of the Board were made into separate departments: for example, the Ministry of Labour (1916), of Transport (1920), and of Power (1942).
(Law and society, Oxford)

Why is the word 'society' used by itself (not in the form of 'the society'), when it is clear that it refers to that of England?
When it comes to economy, the expression 'the economy' is used when it refers to that of one’s own country.

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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 1:02:03 AM

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onsen wrote:
Why is the word 'society' used by itself (not in the form of 'the society'), when it is clear that it refers to that of England?

Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan

Quote:
68.3.a
Note that we use no article with nature, society, space and other abstract nouns when these have a general meaning.

It isn't always easy to fit in with society. (NOT ...the society.)

Even if it is English society:

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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 1:31:19 AM

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Just a small point the quote is not talking of English society, but British society, the separate Scottish Parliment, Welsh Assembly and Northern Irish Executive did not exist at that period of time.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:38:54 AM

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Also, in the early twentieth century, "Society" as a general whole was becoming more complex.

It is not only English or British society.
The Americas, Africa, India and Europe were evolving rapidly at that time, Russia was in revolt, the Republic of China was undergoing difficulties (under Yuan Shikai), Australia was still separating out from being under British rule (an ongoing evolution).

So - "Society was growing more complex" would be a true statement.

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As Харбин shows, even if you were to limit it to British society, there would be no article.

"As British society became more complex . . ."

If you use an article, you limit the meaning to 'an association' or 'a group'.

"The British Society" is a charitable, philanthropic association.
It is completely different from "British society".


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