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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    content/contents

    Please can you explain when I should use the word content. and when I should use contents? Thanks


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    #2

    Re: content/contents

    Do you mean content as in noun - a state of happiness or satisfaction or as in noun 1 (contents) the things that are contained in something. 2 the amount of a particular constituent occurring in a substance: soya milk has a low fat content. 3 (contents or table of contents) a list of chapters or sections at the front of a book or periodical. 4 the material dealt with in a speech or text as distinct from its form or style


    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    Re: content/contents

    Content as in:
    The content/s of a penguin's stomach.
    I think it should be contents........am I right?


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    Re: content/contents

    Quote Originally Posted by louisemoran@fsmail.net View Post
    Content as in:
    The content/s of a penguin's stomach.
    I think it should be contents........am I right?
    My feeling is, it would depend on the situation, Louise.

    Since there's nothing to eat on land where they live, the content of a penguin's stomach is food from the ocean.

    the [collective] things that are contained in something.

    When we did an autopsy, the contents of the penguin's stomach were the following; krill, herring, sardines, ... .

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