I am having a little trouble to understand the word "context". I used to think I understood it--it's in everyday talk but when I have to describe what it really means, I kind of struggle.
I found this definition but it is not giving me the full meaning. Probably it is me rather than the definition!
The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood.
Example: "the proposals need to be considered in the context of new European directives"
Synonyms: circumstances, conditions, surroundings, factors, state of affairs
The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning.
Example: "skilled readers use context to construct meaning from words as they are read"
Would you say these sentences express the same context:
- John plays a computer game. John changes his mind and plays Basketball.
- Tom plays Need for Speed. Tom has changed his preferences and he plays Tennis.
Or simple examples:
Boy kicks the ball. Girl kicks the ball. Boy kicked the cat. Girl kicked the boy.