framework of <a>future democracy

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Cat Krumbles

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Chinese
Hi there,

Here is the sentence "Cleithenes laid the important framework of <a>future democracy ."

Is democracy considered countable or uncountable?
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Did Cleithenese lay the framework for one specific society (that would be a democracy)? If so, it is countable.

    Or did Cleithese lay the framework for many future societies to be democracies? If so, it is uncountable.

    So it depends on what the sentence-creator wants to express. It could be either, but the meaning is different.
     

    Cat Krumbles

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Did Cleithenese lay the framework for one specific society (that would be a democracy)? If so, it is countable.

    Or did Cleithese lay the framework for many future societies to be democracies? If so, it is uncountable.

    So it depends on what the sentence-creator wants to express. It could be either, but the meaning is different.
    I think I meant the first one.

    So would you say "He laid the foundation for a /the future democracy"?
     
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