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    consists

    This word consists of three morphemes.
    This word is consisted of three morphemes.

    Which one is correct?

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    Smile Re: consists

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    This word consists of three morphemes.
    This word is consisted of three morphemes.

    Which one is correct?

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    Re: consists

    Thank you
    How can I use the passive form?
    In which example?

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    Unhappy Re: consists

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you
    How can I use the passive form?
    In which example?
    I guess the form be consisted of is not used at all. However, you could say be comprised of instead.

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    Re: consists

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I guess the form be consisted of is not used at all. However, you could say be comprised of instead.
    'Comprise' is another contentious word. Many people routinely use it in a way that many other people would call wrong.

    The argument is this:
    Comprise means 'to consist of', 'to be composed of'.
    The word consists of three morphemes. The word is composed of three morphemes. BUT. The word comprises three morphemes.
    Not The word is comprised of three morphemes.

    'Comprise' already comprises the 'of' component.
    It's similar to 'contain'. If a word contains three morphemes, we don't say it's contained of three morphemes (yet).

    See here for a brief discussion (under the 'usage' section).
    comprise - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    However, the battle for this word by purists is probably lost, given the tone of this entry.

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    Re: consists

    Thank you Raymott
    So, I'll never see "is consisted of".

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    Re: consists

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you Raymott
    So, I'll never see "is consisted of".
    No, I wouldn't claim that you'll never see it. That would be inviting posters to cut and paste all sorts of examples from the net.
    X consists of ... is better English than: X is consisted of ...

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