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    Dear teachers,

    Please tell me which word is appropriate to use in the following dialog, context or contest?

    A: If something happens or if it wins hands down, what does it mean?
    B: That means that it wins without much effort. It happens very easily. Usually when we see this phase, hands down, we are talking about a sporting context.

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    Default Re: using context or contest?

    Context means
    1) the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it.
    2) the text or speech that comes immediately before and after a particular phrase or piece of text and helps to explain its meaning.

    contest has a lot of meaning but I will give you some of them.
    1) a competition to do better than other people, usually in which prizes are given.
    2) an attempt, usually against difficulties, to win an election or to get power or control.

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    Default Re: using context or contest?

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    Context means
    1) the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it.
    2) the text or speech that comes immediately before and after a particular phrase or piece of text and helps to explain its meaning.

    contest has a lot of meaning but I will give you some of them.
    1) a competition to do better than other people, usually in which prizes are given.
    2) an attempt, usually against difficulties, to win an election or to get power or control.

    Good Luck!
    Dear atchan,
    I would like to know which one you think is more appropriate in that situation, context or contest?

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    Default Re: using context or contest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear atchan,
    I would like to know which one you think is more appropriate in that situation, context or contest?
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    I think "we are talking about a sporting contest".

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    Dear teachers,

    I think 'we are talking about a sporting context' is also acceptable in that situation. I would like to hear more from you, would anyone help please? Thank in advance!

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    Default Re: using context or contest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I think 'we are talking about a sporting context' is also acceptable in that situation. I would like to hear more from you, would anyone help please? Thank in advance!
    Yes, 'context' is the obvious meaning.
    A: What context do we use this phrase in - 'win hands down'?
    B: A sporting context.

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