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A co-worker of mine posted an article he wrote in which he used the sentence, "The majority of terminals and buildings that once comprised the airport are literally in rubble."

Having never seen this before, it didn't sound right to me. Of course, he can't possibly say comprised of in this instance. Would it be more correct for him to have written, "The majority of terminals and buildings that the airport was comprised of are literally in rubble"? (on a side-note, I've also read that comprised of is redundant)

I guess what I'm getting at is can comprised be used as a verb?

  • For reasons that aren’t clear to me, this phraseology is far less common than using “composed”. However, it is correct. – Stella Biderman Nov 22 '17 at 15:58
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Sure it can. In fact it's the first example here. I don't think it's common to hear in every day speech, but it is valid.

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