Are you a content creator? vì chưng you create contents? Sorry...content? Uhmm contents? ...whatever!

Content & Contents are words I"ve struggled with a lot in my content creation career. At some point, I thought I finally got the hang of it. I believed:

Contents is the plural of content. One article--one content. Multiple articles--many contents. I even made a tweet showing my nội dung page with the word "All my contents...".

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After few comments on that tweet, I went back to Google khổng lồ research the difference & now I can safely say, I finally get the hang of it. (or so I believe haha)

So what"s the difference?

The easiest way lớn differenciate these nouns is: is it countable? This can be tricky but I"ll try to simplify it.

Content

Note that nội dung has three variations:

an adjective ("happy", "satisfied")a verb ("to be satisfied")a noun

We"re focusing on the noun part in this piece.

Content is an uncountable noun which refers lớn the ideas or information or uncountable amount of something that are inside another thing. Things like this are impossible (or almost impossible) lớn count.

Examples of content sentences

The salt nội dung of this food is high (you cannot count the salt, can you?)The nội dung of the website (there"s a lot of information in a website, also uncountable, init?)

Contents

This is a plural countable noun that refers to lớn the countable things that are inside something.

Examples of Contents sentences

The contents of the briefcase (objects, which are countable)The bag fell & some of the contents got spoilt.

Quick Assessment

So if you have a website lượt thích mine with many articles và videos, vì chưng you say "Here are my contents?" or "Here are my content?" I"ll give you few seconds

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Before I give the answer, the first thing to bởi is analyze the countability. Talking about content(s?), I"m not just referring lớn the number of articles on my website. If it"s just a các mục of my articles, that"s actually countable, right?

But then, I"m referring khổng lồ the articles as well as what the article contains. If I have two articles "What is Google?" and "What is a Dictionary", I can say I have two articles. But I cannot say I have two contents because the "What is Google?" article in itself has a lot of information, resources và ideas & in it which makes up the whole content of the article.

This means that content is this case is uncountable. So the right answer is "Here are my content"

What about "Table of content(s?)"?

This way, we"ve countabilized (permit this word) the nội dung in a page by using the sections. We"ve made it a list of sections. So, this way, "contents", which now refers to lớn the sections are countable. "This Table of contents has 4 items"

Conclusion

This piece may not be the perfect way to lớn explain the difference. It still gets tricky in some cases và some times these words are used interchangeably.

Here"s a tricky example; from my research online while creating this piece, I saw few comments saying ""The contents of the letter" is correct" & do you know how I feel?

"Just when I thought I finally got the hang of these words, then there"s this example