Tech Writing/Grammar: Inverse of 'consists of'

Hey, everyone.

Maybe the falafel I tried to cook tonight is addling my brain :), but I'm drawing a blank here.

I'm documenting a feature that consists of three screens. But, I want to say it the opposite way. That is.

These screens ___________ a single, seamless interface, that allows you to declutter your widgets efficiently. (Obviously redacted. :) )

I'm looking to fill in the blank. I tried "constitute", but it doesn't feel right.....

Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Steve
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
These screens ___________ a single, seamless interface, that allows you to declutter your widgets efficiently.

provide ?
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
>>Provide.
Worth a thought....
Thanks.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
"comprise" is the first word that came to mind, but I'll give it some further thought if you don't like that. Oh, second word is "present" (the verb, of course).
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Interesting. One of the definitions for comprise I just found on merriam-webster.com is "compose, constitute", so same ballpark. That said, I'm closing this question with "provide". Hang on. No need for further suggestions. Thanks!
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
"Provide"is the winner. Different concept than I had in mind, but works well. Nice thinking outside-the-box. :)
Thank you, Joe. That conversation was enjoyable. :)
Jason CrawfordTransport NinjaCommented:
Married, cofunction, coalesce, orchestrate...that's all I got
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Your call, of course, Steve, but it seems to me that it's the totality/combination of the screens that "provide" the single, seamless interface. The word "provide" doesn't imply the totality/combination of the screens, which I think is the critical point here, but words like "comprise" and "constitute" do imply it. For example, "provide" could be used if only one screen were involved; but "comprise" or "constitute" would not make sense for one screen — by their very nature, those words imply that multiple entities are involved, which is exactly what you want in your stated context. Your initial instinct with "constitute" is far superior to "provide" — just one person's opinion, of course. Regards, Joe
BillDLCommented:
I agree with Joe on "comprise".  Just make sure you don't say "comprise of", because that's my pet hate ;-)
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@Joe  and @Bill -
After sleeping on it, I agree with you both. "Provide" does not convey my original intent. Sounds like "constitute" may be the way to go after all.

https://oilpatchwriting.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/compose-vs-comprise-vs-constitute/

The above in mind, Joe would you mind if I requested attention so that I can credit your more appropriate solution as the "best"?

Thanks.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Steve,
Opening it and then closing it however you see fit is fine by me. I'm good with:

These screens comprise a single, seamless interface that allows you to declutter your widgets efficiently.
These screens constitute a single, seamless interface that allows you to declutter your widgets efficiently.

Note the comma removed in the above. Or:

These screens comprise a single, seamless interface, allowing you to declutter your widgets efficiently.
These screens constitute a single, seamless interface, allowing you to declutter your widgets efficiently.

Comma needed in the above. Regards, Joe

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@Joe/@Bill - Thanks again!
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Steve, and thanks to you for the updated closing. Regards, Joe
BillDLCommented:
Thank you Stephen.  I wasn't expecting any points award because I merely seconded what Joe had said, but recognition is always welcome.
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