I don't think I would use "depends on" there. One could use "lies in" there.Originally Posted by jiang
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Please read the following sentence:
The beauty of Venice, which fascinates all the visitors, consists in the style of its ancient buildings.
Can I use 'depends on' in place of 'consists in'?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
I agree with MikeNY.Originally Posted by jiang
I wouldn't either because if one used" depends on " here, it would then mean as if the beauty of Venice were only because of the style of its ancient buildings.
I also wouldn't use 'consists in' in the first place. I'd go with Mike.
It is unusual, but it fits one of the examples in the AHD:Originally Posted by tdol
intr.v., -sist·ed, -sist·ing, -sists.
To be made up or composed: New York City consists of five boroughs. See Usage Note at include.
To have a basis; reside or lie: The beauty of the artist's style consists in its simplicity.
To be compatible; accord: The information consists with her account.
It doesn't sound very good to my BE ears.
Mike didn't say he wouldn't use 'consist in'. Did you mean 'depend on'?
Originally Posted by tdol
Before I asked you the question I consulted the meaning of 'depend on' in my dictionaries. One definition is 'to be determined by'. That's why I asked the question. Do you think you could explain the reasons? Is it collocation or something else?
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
I meant I'd say 'lies in' rather than consists\depends, neither of which appeal to me.Originally Posted by jiang