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Consist’ The should always be followed by ‘of ’ and never by ‘in’. group was composed of artists and copywriters. The group comprised artists and copywriters. The group consisted of artists and copywriters. concept The word ‘concept’ is often used when what is meant is simply ‘idea’ or ‘notion’. 06 10/10/06 19:24 Page 42 What not to write such as ‘Freud’s concept of sexuality’ or ‘Hawking’s concept of time’, or for something that is clearly an elaboration of an idea or notion. , books), you usually find the copyright information on the imprint page (the back of the title page, also called the ‘title verso’) or on the back cover.

Where a distinction does need to be made, try ‘various’ or ‘several’ instead. People came from various countries (not Different people came from different countries). The designs were based on three styles (not The designs were based on three different styles). He visited several countries (not He visited different countries). EXIST: Seldom necessary. It’s usually better to delete or replace it with ‘is’ The gap between rich and poor is wide (not The or ‘are’. gap that exists between rich and poor is wide).

Investment, value-added goods, up-to-date records, 3-week holiday, 20-year-old house. • when there is a collision of vowels. agro-ecology, co-operation, hydro-electricity, micro-organism, socio-economic. • to avoid confusion. co-worker, re-creation, re-enact. , they don’t make up a word, as 1914–18 war, £5–6 million, hyphenated words do). 2001–04 period, 2–5% of the goods, Blair–Bush approach, London–Paris–Berlin axis. The long dash is used, with a space on either side, to amplify Whether you walk or drive, you or emphasise something.

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