What's the difference ...?

I can't distinguish exactly "comprised of", "consist of" and "composed of". They all mean contain something. Could you please help me out what their differences are. 

Thank you so much and have a nice day :)

May 21, 2018 5:30 PM
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all very similar often used to mean the same

1) comprised/consist are  interchangeable 

2) contain = to hold within a boundary 'prisoners are contained within a prison" "the prison contains prisoners and guards and guard dogs"

2a)" the cake contains nuts raisins lemon slices and various other ingredients" the ingredients are held contained with the cake

3) later the cake will be contained within my stomach 

    "my stomach now contains the cake and all its ingredients"

May 21, 2018

I do agree with all previous comments but want to clarify some specifics or USUS:

An article  (dissertation essay, paper, theme thesis, chemical material, a piece of music,  etc.) is composed of...COMPONENTS. (consists of certain elements)

A dictionary is comprised of words or articles; a country is comprised of states etc. (includes, contains)

Contain(s) of - is more general; it can be used figuratively - to contain your anger; contain the enemy.

Use them you'll feel the slight difference.

May 21, 2018
May 21, 2018

composed of = an idiom interchangeable with consist and comprise.

compose  = to write music a book etc and composed = calm or the finished article music. play etc.

May 21, 2018

continuation in two parts.

you can say the cake comprises or consists of "nuts, lemon slices and various other things"

because the cake is made from these things or they need to come together for the cake to exist 

BUT  you can't say my stomach consists or comprises

nuts lemon slices and the other cake ingredients because my stomach is not made of those things.

May 21, 2018
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