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What's the difference between "constituent" and "component"? Especially in the following sentence, where "components" is the valid answer:
He works for a company which makes some of the electrical .... of Concorde.
a. constituents b. ingredients c. components d. elements
Wow, sometimes I'm really astounded to see what kind of questions they ask in tests. Seems like they're setting up traps more than they actually test a broader understanding of the language.
I mean what's the point of such a detailed question? They really have to find new ways to evaluate people's level of English .
If you make something, you make it from components. The substances found in wine, for example, are constituents.
They are not trapping you, they are checking your understanding of vocabulary - quite a good way to evaluate your level.Originally Posted by Noego
I agree with Andrew on this. Vocabulary:
component: com- (together). Cf. composite, to put together, it's an added part of something, whereas constituent, from constitute (made up, formed), is an integral part of something. Thus - and I suspect the reason behind micaelo's question - a component can be described as a constituent part.
All the best.