Revised as of 22 August 2017
Admittedly, comprise is not used often. However, I do frequently find authors using compose when comprise would be the appropriate choice.
The distinction is in the parts. Compose uses parts to make a whole while comprise is a whole that includes parts.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Verb, intransitive & transitive|
To engage in composition, especially musical composition
To enter into composition
Made up of or constitute (of elements)
Calm or settle yourself, your features, your thoughts
Prepare a text for printing by manually, mechanically, or electronically setting up the letters and other characters in the order to be printed
|Comprise of is only used in the passive sense with some form of to be
To include or contain
To form or constitute
To be composed of
Be made up of
The first sentence is so hard to compose.
I grant you, it is a scene that composes well.
Beethoven composed music.
Water is composed of two molecules of hydrogen and one of oxygen.
Compose yourself before he sees how angry you are!
Technically, you could consider yourself composing when you have the computer send a file to the printer.
|The U.S. comprises 50 states.
Documents are comprised of words, although they are composed by people. Who knew??
The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
The advisory board comprises six members.
Seminars and lectures comprised the day’s activities.
|Adjective: composable, composed, uncomposable
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English — in the general sense of put together, construct — from the Old French composer from the Latin componere, but influenced by the Latin compositus, which means composed and the Old French poser meaning to place.||Late Middle English from the French comprised and the feminine past participle of comprendre from the Old French comprehender.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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