Comprise or consist?

Overall, the tap comprise of many parts.

This is an easy one to get wrong. Your options here are:

  • Overall, the tap comprises many parts.
  • Overall, the tap is comprised of many parts.
  • Overall, the tap consists of many parts.

..but NOT comprise of!

2 comments on “Comprise or consist?

  • Hi Steve, quick question
    So all of these:
    Overall, the tap comprises many parts.
    Overall, the tap is comprised of many parts.
    Overall, the tap consists of many parts.
    = meaning in Indonesia are ‘terdiri dari’ ?, it seems like passive form, ter-

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    • mm

      Hi Adi! The error that I often see in student writing is a vocabulary error, not a grammar error. In your reading you guys see ‘consists of’, and you use that same lexical structure (verb + ‘of’) to produce ‘comprise of’, which is incorrect. That’s really all you need to think about – comprise + of, not good. The ‘good’ examples that I offer are all translations of ‘terdiri dari’.

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