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    content(s)/context(s) on the PowerPoint slides

    Hi,

    Question:
    Which sentence is correct?

    Sentence1:

    The content on the PowerPoint slides was not relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence2:
    The contents on the PowerPoint slides were not relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence3:
    The context on the PowerPoint slides was not relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence4:
    The contexts on the PowerPoint slides were not relevent to our presentation.

    Thanks

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    Re: content(s)/context(s) on the PowerPoint slides

    The content was not relevant.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: content(s)/context(s) on the PowerPoint slides

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Which sentence is correct?

    Sentence1:

    The content on the PowerPoint slides was not relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence2:
    The contents on the PowerPoint slides were not relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence3:
    The context on the PowerPoint slides was not relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence4:
    The contexts on the PowerPoint slides were not relevent to our presentation.

    Thanks
    I agree with Barb that "content" is the correct choice, though I would be more likely to say "the content OF" not "the content on".

    As an alternative, of course, you could say "The PowerPoint slides were not relevant to our presentation".

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    Re: content(s)/context(s) on the PowerPoint slides

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The content was not relevant.
    Hi,

    Can I ask you a further question?

    Which sentence is correct?

    Sentence5:
    All of the content was relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence6:
    All of the contents was relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence7:
    All of the content were relevent to our presentation.
    Sentence8:
    All of the contents were relevent to our presentation.

    Thanks

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    Re: content(s)/context(s) on the PowerPoint slides

    You can't say "contents was" or "content were" because you won't have subject-verb agreement.

    When you want to refer to "information" then use the non-countable version, content.

    Contents is certainly a good word, but it would be used to describe what is inside a box, for example.

    I have a hard time explaining the difference between content and contents in a way to would make sense to an English learner, so perhaps a real teacher can come and help explain the difference.

    I also like both of emsr2d2's suggestions.

    Oddly, I'd say "the content on the slides" but the "content of the presentation." However, I find nothing wrong with the "the content of the slides."
    Last edited by Barb_D; 05-May-2010 at 14:47.
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    Re: content(s)/context(s) on the PowerPoint slides

    Contents can be used when there's a list or separate objects- the contents of a book or the contents of your pockets.

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