9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[kon-tekst] /ˈkɒn tɛkst/
the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect:
You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context.
the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
Mycology. the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
Origin of context
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin contextus a joining together, scheme, structure, equivalent to contex(ere) to join by weaving (con- con- + texere to plait, weave) + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. text
Related forms
contextless, adjective
2. background, milieu, climate. Unabridged
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  • But it must still be clear from the context what the relative clause might be.
  • Sentences of this type, isolated from their context, may seem to be in need of rewriting.
  • Thus, ellipses were frequent, and almost any word that could be supplied from the context might be omitted.
  • Children can remember facts but are less good at recalling the context in which those facts are relevant.
  • The speaker's meaning may depend on various factors including context, tone of voice, local custom and historical usage.
  • They're deeply, heavily reliant on context to imbue them with meaning.
  • Where differences in these skills do exist, the causes may lie in the social context.
  • In another context, there might have been less of an outcry.
  • Comparative effectiveness research should be considered in the holistic context of the care cycle.
  • In context, the remark wasn't so bad-he was talking about helping people, whatever he called them.
British Dictionary definitions for context


the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc, that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaning: it is unfair to quote out of context
the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contextus a putting together, from contexere to interweave, from com- together + texere to weave, braid
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Word Origin and History for context

early 15c., from Latin contextus "a joining together," originally past participle of contexere "to weave together," from com- "together" (see com-) + texere "to weave" (see texture).

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context in Technology

That which surrounds, and gives meaning to, something else. grammar
In a grammar it refers to the symbols before and after the symbol under consideration. If the syntax of a symbol is independent of its context, the grammar is said to be context-free.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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