Here’s something from today’s ‚Guardian’. It might be of interest to higher-level students who will be distraught at finishing their classes this week. It looks at words which are misused.
Compose means “to form” or “constitute”. Comprise means “to contain, include, be made up of”. The whole comprises the parts. The US comprises 50 states; 50 states do not comprise the US. After the 2014 referendum on independence for Scotland, the UK still comprised England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Fascinating stuff for some of us / some of you, I’m sure….