Is this really so hard?

Comprise, v 1. to include or contain; to be composed of*: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.

2. to form or to constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day’s activities.

Compose, v 2. to be or to constitute a part or element of: a rich sauce composed of many ingredients

Often, I must restrain myself from correcting professors on this matter. Such exercise of discretion pains me.

*My italics. Definitions from


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