Difference Between Context and Content

Context vs Content

Context and Content are two words used in the English language that are often confused due to the appeared similarity in their meanings. Strictly speaking there is some difference between the two words, context and content.

The word ‘context’ refers to ‘the parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning. Sometimes the word ‘context’ refers to the circumstances relevant to something under consideration as in the expression ‘seen in context’.

On the other hand the word ‘content’ refers to ‘written matter’ in an essay or a dissertation as in the expressions ‘the content of the letter’, ‘the content of the essay’ and the like. You refer to a context whereas you write the content. This is the main difference between the two words.

The expression ‘reference to context’ means ‘reference to a particular occasion’ in a play or in a short story. On the other hand the expression ‘quality content’ refers to ‘a topic written in an impeccable language bereft of grammar errors’. This is another important difference when it comes to the usages of the two words context and content.

The word ‘content’ is generally used to indicate something contained in a vessel, a book or a house. The substance or material dealt with in a speech or a work of art is often referred to by the word ‘content’. Sometimes the word ‘content’ is used in the sense of ‘the capacity or volume of a thing’.

It is interesting to note that the adjectival form of the word ‘context’ is ‘contextual’ and is used in the sense of ‘relevant’ or ‘something pertaining to an occasion or place’. The expression ‘contextual advertising’ refers to ‘advertising done according to the relevance of the place or the occasion.

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