The UVic Writer's Guide

Comprise / Compose / Include

The first two mean the same but are used in different grammatical contexts; comprise means "to be made up of" while compose means "to make up" ("A baseball team comprises nine members, and fifteen players compose a rugby team").

"Include" also means "to contain," but not in entirety ("The Beat poets include Allen Ginsberg").

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