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April 12, 2008


Karen Russell

I submitted a book manuscript that used "comprised" or "comprising" WRONG at least 7 times. I haven't used it since. But I think I get it now. Thanks! :)


I agree that a group of entities comprises a larger group (a, b, c comprse X) but when the sentence is reversed, wouldn't you say "comprised of?" X is comprised of a, b, c?


Can never keep this one straight. I need a mnemonic device. Ideas?

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