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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    Smile constitute

    1a. Twelve months constitutes a year.
    1b. A year is constituted of twelve months.

    2. The audience of the concert was largely constituted of young people.

    Sentence 1a is taken a dictionary; therefore, it should be correct.
    I'm not sure of 1b. and 2; they sound all right to me. To make sure, I would like to have some native friends' feedback.
    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: constitute

    It's quite a formal verb, so I don't see any real need to use it in your examples. You could say that a parliament is constituted of..., so the passive form is possible.


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    Re: constitute

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's quite a formal verb, so I don't see any real need to use it in your examples. You could say that a parliament is constituted of..., so the passive form is possible.
    Thanks, Tdol, for your comment. It appears in a test question, and I want native speakers' opinions.

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