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Misusing "Comprised"

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"Comprise" means "include", as it comes from the French "compris", one meaning of which is "included". So it is that "the Internet comprises (that is, includes) systems worldwide", not that "the Internet is comprised of systems worldwide".

An acceptable alternative passive form is "is composed of". "The Internet is composed of systems worldwide."

Note: Some people accept this usage as correct, but it is still considered an error by many. Use with caution.

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