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composed 75 There are so many things in common between us. We have s o many things i n common. Two or more people have (got) something in common: 'We've moved in the same circles over the last ten years and so we have a great deal in common.' In Spain it is common that people turn up at your house without warning. In Spain it i s common for people t o turn u p at your house without warning. it is common +for sb to do sth (NOT that): 'IPS quite common for new fathers to feel jealous for the first few weeks.'

company

For those who live by themselves, television provides a good company. For those who live b y themselves, television provides good company. When company means 'someone or something that stops you from feeling lonely or bored; companionship', it is uncountable: 'Whenever he goes off on a long trip, he takes his radio with him for company.'

compare

The teachers will be able to visit our schools and compare our teaching methods to their own. The teachers will be able t o visit our schools and compare our teaching methods with their own. compare to = describe (someone or something) as being similar to (someone or something else); liken: 'She compared the child to a noisy monkey.' compare with = examine two or more people/thingslideas etc to discover similarities and/or differences: 'Having compared the new dictionary with the old one, she found the new one more helpful.'

complain

It is childish to complain against rules. It i s childish t o complain about rules. They are always complaining for something. They are always complaining about something. complain about sth: 'Residents living near the airport have a lot to complain about.'

complaint

There have been several complaints for the service in the canteen. f There have been several complaints about the service i n the C canteen. (make) a complaint about sth (NOT for): 'If you have $hy complaints about the service, you should write to the manager.'

completely

Then the lights went out and we were completely scared. Then the lights went out and we were very scared. r See note at VERY 2

composed

4'. The committee is composed by-SIXteachers and a student ri'\ representative. The committee i s composed of six teachers and a student representative.

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