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verb consist pronunciation in British English /kənˈsɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconsisting
past tenseconsisted
past participleconsisted
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phrasal verbs

consist in

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyconsist in
he/she/itconsists in
present participleconsisting in
past tenseconsisted in
past participleconsisted in
consist in something to have something as the most important aspect or the only aspect
True strength does not consist in mere muscle.
consist in doing something: His job apparently consisted in sitting behind a little table outside the Minister’s office.

consist of

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyconsist of
he/she/itconsists of
present participleconsisting of
past tenseconsisted of
past participleconsisted of
consist of something to be made of particular parts or things
Breakfast consisted of dry bread and a cup of tea.
This year’s team, coached by Jeff Jackson, consisted entirely of college players.
consist of doing something: My role seemed to consist of standing and smiling at people.


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