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    tones and contents

    hey to everyone,

    having many times heard the phrase "tones and contents" (variations are possible) at the BBC, i started wondering what figurative meaning this phrase has.

    It has something to do with politics and politicking...:) Any tips or ideas?

    cheers for any input

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    Re: tones and contents

    I'm in the U.S. Can you give an example?

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    Re: tones and contents

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I'm in the U.S. Can you give an example?

    thanks for the reaction but im not sure about putting this phrase into a context or in an example. There was a political debate and mentioned something about the differences between a politician's tone and content, making this collocation...
    it was a couple of months ago and only now it crossed my mind

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    Re: tones and contents

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    thanks for the reaction but im not sure about putting this phrase into a context or in an example. There was a political debate and mentioned something about the differences between a politician's tone and content, making this collocation...
    it was a couple of months ago and only now it crossed my mind
    Oh!

    The plural tones was misleading. Keep it singular.

    tone = style = attitude = demeanor = manner = inflection

    contents = substance = information provided = actual facts and opinions stated

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    Re: tones and contents

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Oh!

    The plural tones was misleading. Keep it singular.

    tone = style = attitude = demeanor = manner = inflection

    contents = substance = information provided = actual facts and opinions stated

    i sensed so, but how would you use in a sentence?

    thanks a lot

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    Re: tones and contents

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    i sensed so, but how would you use in a sentence?

    thanks a lot
    I'm moving too fast today! Now that I look at it, content should be singular, too.

    The tone and content of the announcement alarmed every union member.

    Her tone was inspiring, but the speech was devoid of content.

    Despite the gloomy tone, the content of the prime minister's address suggested that the worst is behind us.

    The report is packed with useful content, but its academic tone will put most readers to sleep.

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    Re: tones and contents

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I'm moving too fast today! Now that I look at it, content should be singular, too.

    The tone and content of the announcement alarmed every union member.

    Her tone was inspiring, but the speech was devoid of content.

    Despite the gloomy tone, the content of the prime minister's address suggested that the worst is behind us.

    The report is packed with useful content, but its academic tone will put most readers to sleep.

    ok, i got the gist of that,cheers

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