15/1/11

USE OF LANGUAGE: CONSIST ... OF, IN , ON ?

A common doubt among our students when writting the verb CONSIST is the preposition that follows this verb. In Spanish we use : Consistir en, that's the point where the error comes from.

(Una duda muy común entre mis estudiantes de Inglés , es la preposición del verbo consistir, debido a su semejanza con el verbo Español : consistir en .)

According to he Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

Consist IN means: " is inherit or lies within"
" His social success consists in being able to persuade everyone of his amiability"
Consist OF means : " is composed or made up of"
" His fleet consists of a day sailer, a canoe, and a small skiff"
Consist ON is not correct.

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