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    Which articles should I use in the sentence "Sometimes, (the/a/no prep.) wording is more important than (the/a/no prep.) contents."

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    Default Re: Right articles

    I'd use 'the' both times or no article both times.

    I'd also change 'contents' to 'content'.

    Note that 'no prep.' should be 'no article'.

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    OK, thanks. Please tell me when I should use 'content' and when 'contents'? For instance, I found in a British dictionary 'She kept the contents of the letter a secret'

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    Default Re: Right articles

    The context is the deciding factor.

    I have no problem with 'She kept the contents of the letter a secret'.

    As a general statement 'Wording is more important than content' sounds neater to me (others may disagree).

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    Default Re: Right articles

    Quote Originally Posted by nordway View Post
    OK, thanks. Please tell me when I should use 'content' and when 'contents'? For instance, I found in a British dictionary 'She kept the contents of the letter a secret'
    I agree with Rover. In your question "content" refers to the general idea and is really an uncountable noun. That is not true of the letter example.

    I also would use no articles. "Wording is more important than content" sounds more like a general rule to me.

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