Societys vs society's


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The social idea that surrounded segregation became a vital role in educational systems, in order to ensure that students entering into mainstream society's knew their station in life.
asked Jan 31 '12 at 00:28 Sonya Tardy New member

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"Society's" is possessive, "societies" is plural, and "societys" isn't a word.  Your definitely not looking for the possessive form in your sentence.  I'm not sure you even need the plural form.  I think I'd write mainstream society.


Apostrophes are not used to make nouns plural.

link answered Jan 31 '12 at 01:51 Jody M. Expert

Talking of not looking for the possessive, I think you meant to start your second sentence with "You're"!

Richard JNov 28 '14 at 12:11

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Society is a collective noun.  A collective noun represents a group and is almost always treated as a singular in American English: His family lives in Portland.

link comment edited Jan 31 '12 at 17:53 Joanna New member

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