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Mar 20 2018   4:35PM GMT

Compose/Comprise – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

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The AWS portfolio ______ more than 100 services, including those for compute, databases, infrastructure management, application development and security.

a. comprises
b. composes

 


Answer: A

Comprise means “is made up of” or “consists of.”

Compose means “make up” or “make.”

A good way to remember the difference:

The whole comprises the parts. The parts compose the whole.

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  • Lamarr385
    It is interesting and refreshing to see "comprise" and "compose" used in the active voice. It seems more common to use "is comprised of" and "is composed of".
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  • PinkHat
    Comprise

    110% sure
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  • MarkSteers
    You have just proven that B is the answer. Try putting "is made up" in the sentence above and it is utter nonsense whereas entering "make up" is perfect sense
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  • GeorgeSevere

    I agree. The explanation negates the awswer:

    Many (services) is/are made up of (one) portofolio?

    It doesn't make sense...

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  • Kaitlin Herbert
    You're correct! I've changed the sentence to reflect the correct answer. Thank you for your input!
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