RE: Comprise vs Consists Of ?

Subject: RE: Comprise vs Consists Of ?
From: Greg Brown <greg -dot- brown -at- pronto -dot- com -dot- au>
To: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net" <mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:00:46 +0000

Sorry if this is double posted, having some issue successfully posting to the list…

Thanks all for the feedback.
I agree and will go with the general consensus, that is to avoid the term ‘comprise’.
Style guide updated accordingly…

Greg Brown - TCT Manager
Pronto Software Pty Ltd
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From: Fred Ridder [docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:16 AM
To: mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net; Greg Brown
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Comprise vs Consists Of ?

Agree. And to make maters worse, if you *do* use "comprise" correctly, the majority of your readers will think that you are in error. Long ago I got tired of trying to explain *politely* to my document reviewers that they had it backwards, and now always use a different word.

-Fred Ridder

> Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:58:50 +0000
> From: mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net
> To: greg -dot- brown -at- pronto -dot- com -dot- au
> Subject: Re: Comprise vs Consists Of ?
> CC: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Avoid "comprise." Virtually no one gets it right.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Greg Brown" <greg -dot- brown -at- pronto -dot- com -dot- au>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:59:02 AM
> Subject: Comprise vs Consists Of ?
> Hi,
> 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 completely?
> Cheers,
> Greg
> Greg Brown - TCT Manager
> Pronto Software Pty Ltd

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