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    Whats the difference between content and style? roro123

    I'm kind of confused- in the sample junior cycle papers theres a speech and they ask "how is this speech engaging to the audience? Refer to both content and style". I don't completely understand the difference, like, would asking questions of the audience be content or style? And would telling jokes be content or style? Could someone please explain this please!! :)

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      Saldrock

      Content is what is actually in the speech, so generally what they are speaking about, style is how they have written it. so style would be things like groups of 3 and rhetorical questions. Good luck hope this helped

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      roro123

      Thank you!! @Saldrock

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      A-123St

      Content = does this speech have a good opening, several strong points and a suitable conclusion? Does it make sense, ie does everything flow into a coherent manner or is it all a bit messy? Are the points good or poor?

      Style = is the speech serious, or light-hearted? Does it contain humour or sarcasm? How does the speaker deliver the speech? Do they use a certain technique a lot, such as rhetorical questions or real-life examples? Is the speech intended to be informative, thought-provoking, etc? Are there particular words/phrases/ways of writing that appear frequently? If the speech is dull and boring you can refer to this here too.

      Those are just some examples I used to try and help you understand the difference. Both of the things you mentioned would be examples of style in my opinion. I haven't seen that question before though, is it one of the SEC's sample questions or is it an Edco/Educate/etc one you had from exam papers?

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      roro123

      Its in the SEC sample paper 2, about a ted-ex talk. Thanks for your help @A-123St !!! Would you be able to explain to me what tone is?

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      A-123St

      Part of the things I mentioned under style fall under tone too, eg. is it a serious or light-hearted tone? I know you're reading the speech not listening to it, but imagine how the speaker is talking, formal, informal? For example, a best man's speech at a wedding would probably be light-hearted and congratulatory with some humour, whereas a speech by President Obama about climate change would be serious, informative and very persuasive in style. I'll try to summarise it; content is what they're saying, style is the ways in which they're saying the content, and tone is how they sound delivering the speech. Does that make sense?

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      roro123

      Thanks, it makes so much more sense now! @A-123St

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