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Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 03:14:31 pm EST (Viewed 627 times)
Reply Subj: Re: It's YOUR!
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 10:53:51 am EST (Viewed 705 times)
As far as I can tell, used in this context, "content" is being used as an adjective. eg "I am content". Therefore "You are content" makes more sense to me.
If "content" can be used as a noun here, I am unaware of it (it can be used as a noun for a separate usage, which is a homograph as in "lots of content", stressed on the first syllable as opposed to the 2nd) . As far as I have learnt, "contentment" is the abstract noun from "content".
To restate the Guardian's original statement "You can cherry pick until YOU ARE content." seems to make a lot more sense if "content" is an adjective and "contentment" is the noun. Grammatically speaking of course. "your content" only makes sense if "content" can be used as a noun (again in this particular usage.)
If you use it as an adjective, "a person is content" it can be replaced by another adjective, eg "happy". as in "a person is happy". but in general usage we cannot say "your happy". So by the same logic we can't say "your content".
It may seem like needless pedantry, but "your content" would violate this usage.