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    make up 5.2 million members

    These people born between 1947 and 1949 make up 5.2 million members of the workforce.

    Hi,
    Is "make up" in the above interchangeable with "consist of" and "compose?" If not, why not? Thanks,

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    Re: make up 5.2 million members

    Compose works. Consist of is backwards -- it's the work force that consists of its workers, not the other way around.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: make up 5.2 million members

    I'd say comprise​ would be the best verb to use there.
    I am not a teacher.

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