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"Contenido" and "Contents"

I hope I'm not repeating a discussion, I promise I searched for an answer before posting this and didn't see a previous thread about it.

"Content" and "contents" have different meanings in English and I'm wondering if the difference between using "contenido" and "contenidos" in Spanish follows the usage for the English words.

For example, in some of the Duolingo sentences we are talking about "el contenido de la caja" though based on the English usage of the two the sentence would be more natural as "los contenidos de la caja." I'm trying to figure out if that's just a weird Duolingo sentence, or if Spanish has more strict grammar norms about using the plural "contenidos" exclusively for multiple objects.

I hope I expressed my question clearly and thanks to anyone willing to explain the differences (or similarities)!

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Content as in satisfied is "contento". Content as in "the content of this book" is "contenido", and contents/contenidos are the same way. It seems that simply using "contenido" is more common, but I am not a native speaker, so I can't be absolutely sure.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorgec452
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You're absolutely right! As a native speaker I approve this :) ¡Buena suerte!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

My dictionary says 'contenido' = contents and as an example says 'el contenido de la maleta' = the contents of the suitcase. I do not think 'los contenidos' exists.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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There are almost one hundred million hits that include "contenidos" and "los contenidos", so I think it's used, just not as common.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MollyB-E

Good call on the dictionary - I am now not finding a plural to begin with, even though I have seen "contenidos" on discussions. This might be a very easy question if the plural doesn't even exist!

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Reply3 years ago