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    Hi,

    what is the difference between the two?

    My family consists of 4 members.

    My family comprises of 4 members.

    Which one is more appropriate and why?

    Thanks

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    Re: comprise and consist

    What I think is consists is better.

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    Exclamation Re: comprise and consist

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    what is the difference between the two?

    My family consists of 4 members.

    My family comprises of 4 members.

    Which one is more appropriate and why?

    Thanks
    You can say:
    My family comprises 4 members. (‘of’ is not required) This is more appropriate, because it simply means; to consist of
    If you put “of” it becomes an idiom be comprised of meaning; be composed of:
    The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores
    The orchestra was comprised of amateur and professional musicians.
    My family is comprised of my father, mother and two children. (composed of)

    My family consists of 4 members. Usage-wise this is inappropriate because consist of is a phrasal verb meaning; to be formed or made from two or more things.
    This is a tasty dessert consisting of fruit and cream .(you do not say comprising of)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 28-Jan-2010 at 07:12.

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