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    My family

    My family, which was consisted of five people, became only two.

    Can we use "was" before consisted? I understand "consisted" is transitive verb?

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    Re: My family

    I think we cannot use 'was consisted of'.

    'My family consisted of five people.'
    'My family was composed of five people.'
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    Re: My family

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think we cannot use 'was consisted of'.

    'My family consisted of five people.'
    'My family was composed of five people.'
    Any rule why can't we use "was"?

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    Re: My family

    What do think it would mean?
    The rule is "Don't arbitrarily put 'was' in a sentence unless you know why you want to put it there."

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    #5

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    Consisted can't be used as an adjective, so it can't follow any conjugation of to be.
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    #6

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    I think 'made up' is not an adjective in 'My family was made up of five people'.
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    Re: My family

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    My family, which was consisted of five people, became only two.

    Can we use "was" before consisted? I understand "consisted" is transitive verb?
    "Consist" is an intransitive verb.

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    #8

    Re: My family

    The OP might have been confused by the following, which has confused me.

    'consist of [TRANSITIVE]'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...ritish/consist
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    #9

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    That is very misleading. It adds a preposition to the verb to make a transitive phrasal verb.

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