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    Smile content or contents

    Hello
    Please can you explain the correct use of content and contents? For example are the following correct:
    The content of a penguin's stomach...
    The contents of penguins' stomachs...
    Hope this makes sense...
    Thanks

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    Re: content or contents

    Welcome.

    Ex: The contents of a penguin's stomach...

    From dictionary.com

    1. Something contained, as in a receptacle. Often used in the plural: the contents of my desk drawer; the contents of an aerosol can.

    2. The individual items or topics that are dealt with in a publication or document. Often used in the plural: a table of contents.

    3. The substantive or meaningful part: "The brain is hungry not for method but for content, especially content which contains generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit" (Frederick Turner).

    4. The proportion of a specified substance: Eggs have a high protein content.


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    Re: content or contents

    Thankyou!

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    Re: content or contents

    You're welcome.

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