Writing for Business

Jun 8 2010   1:51PM GMT

Do you have to comply to that or conform to it?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Manufacturers that sell their products internationally have to ______ to ITAR stipulations.
a. comply
b. conform

Answer: b.

To comply is to be in accordance, to conform is to adapt. So you comply with something, just as you would be in accordance with something, and you conform to something, just as you would adapt to it.

What is compliance?

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