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Subject:Re: Comprise vs Consists Of ? From:Patricia Egan <capdev -dot- communications -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Greg Brown <greg -dot- brown -at- pronto -dot- com -dot- au> Date:Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:38:27 -0700
Strunk & White in THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE offer a very good explanation.
The whole comprises (or includes) the individual parts. The whole is
composed of (not comprised of) the individual parts. The individual parts
constitute (or make up) the whole.
On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:59 AM, Greg Brown <greg -dot- brown -at- pronto -dot- com -dot- au>wrote:
> Raised this one with my team as I thought that it was being used
> incorrectly in a few places in our materials.
> I understand that ‘Comprise’ should be used when you are describing that
> ‘the individual parts comprise the whole’ and ‘Consists of’ in the situation
> that ‘the whole consists of the parts’.
> Am I correct there?
> A discussion on this and there still wasn’t clear consensus in the group.
> Additionally, is it plain English anyway and would you try and avoid them
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