Thursday, November 28, 2019
Comprise vs. Compose
These two words so often get mixed up that it has almost become acceptable to use them interchangeably. Just the other day, I saw an incorrect usage of comprise on a well-respected universityÃ¢â¬â¢s website. I had to make sure that I wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t the one who got them mixed up and went and looked it up. Sure enough, the university had used the incorrect phrase comprise of. *Need to use my red pen intensifies* Needless to say, marking up my computer screen didnÃ¢â¬â¢t do any good. So I thought IÃ¢â¬â¢d write a blog post about it in case anyone needed the same type of clarification I did. The difference between comprise vs. compose Compose Something can be composed of separate elements. For instance: Ã¢â¬Å"Wikipedia is composed of articles by many different volunteersÃ¢â¬ or Ã¢â¬Å"Contributions from 15 volunteers may compose one Wikipedia article.Ã¢â¬ Comprise Something comprises, or consists of, separate elements. Ã¢â¬Å"Wikipedia comprises articles from many different volunteers.Ã¢â¬ Another way to think of this is that a whole is comprised of parts Ã¢â¬â and parts compose a whole. An excellent, very short explanation (but more complete than what IÃ¢â¬â¢ve given) can be found in The Columbian Guide to Standard American English. Take a peek!