Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Category: Grammar and Usage

Feb
20
2019

Grammar and Usage: “comprise” vs. “compose”

Posted in Grammar, Grammar and Usage, Wordsmyth Blog by Olivia Smialek

The verb “comprise” means “to be made up of, consist of, or include.”  We can say that the nation of Canada comprises ten provinces and three territories. Or we can say that the cinema complex comprises four movie theaters.  

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Feb
01
2019

Grammar and Usage: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs

Posted in Grammar and Usage, Wordsmyth Blog by Olivia Smialek

All verbs in English follow one or both of the [VERB + OBJECT] or [VERB + ZERO OBJECT] patterns. These patterns describe the function of “transitive” and “intransitive” verbs.

A transitive verb follows the pattern [VERB + OBJECT], and an intransitive verb follows the pattern [VERB + ZERO OBJECT].

Let’s look at the difference between these two patterns.

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