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How to use ‘compose’ and ‘comprise’

The word ‘comprise’ means ‘to contain.’ For example: ‘The book comprises six sections.’ A rule of thumb for using comprise: if you replace comprise with ‘contain’ or ‘has’ and the sentence still makes sense, you have used it correctly. The word ‘compose’ means ‘to make up.’ Example: ‘Many ethnic groups compose this neighborhood.’ Now, the … Continue reading

‘Going back to the drawing board’: Idioms for change

Here are some idioms and expressions to talk about changes or the intent to change: Blow away the cobwebs To get rid of feelings of tiredness Out with the old, in with the new Accepting new ideas Shake things up Make significant/positive changes Give (something) a new lease of life Revive something Go back to … Continue reading

‘Darting’ or ‘pacing’? Words to describe ‘moving/walking quickly’

Dash: moving in a hurry, probably because the person is in a hurry or needs to do something urgently. I dashed to the shop before it closed. Dart: suddenly moving quickly. I saw a man darting behind the bushes. Stride: walking quickly with big steps, appearing to have a purpose. She strode up to his … Continue reading

‘Childless’ or ‘Childfree’?

Childless is the condition of ‘not having children.’ People may be childless for various reasons: infertility, medical complications, circumstances involving the partner being the most common ones. The word childfree is a more recent term, referring to people who choose not to have children. They may decide to commit themselves to their career or other … Continue reading

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