Can You Say 'a Content'?

"Content" is typically an uncountable noun, so it's incorrect to say "a content".

"Content" is typically an uncountable noun, so it's incorrect to say "a content".

The content of the speech was understood by everyone. (Uncountable)

However, when speaking about the amount of a substance that something contains, you can use "a" to say, for example, "It has a high sugar content."

Cheese has a high fat content.

What's the difference between "content" and "contents"? "Content" is commonly used to speak about the ideas or story of a speech, a post, a piece of writing, etc.

The content of your article is unique.

The plural noun, "contents", can refer to the things within a container (box, bag, etc.) as well as the things written in a document or recorded on a tape.

Olivia emptied the contents of the box onto the table.

He couldn't remember the contents of the document.

The phrase "table of contents", or simply "contents", can also refer to a page in a book where you can find a list of sections or chapters.

You can find the table of contents after the title of the book.

Remember, since "contents" is a plural noun, it takes a plural verb, so we say "contents are" (not "contents is")

What are the contents of your box?

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