consisted/composed?

Kathy Nguyen

Senior Member
Vietnam
I have a small exercise which confuses me whether I should use consist or compose
Fill the right form of comprise/consist of/include/contain/compose in the blank.
The committee is ______ of teachers and workers.
The answer given for it is "consisted".
However, I heard that we can only use 'consist' in the active voice, not passive voice. For example, we can only use "The whole group consists of students.", not "
The whole group is consisted of students." but I'm still not sure whether it's correct or not.
Please help me! Thank you so much!
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    In the passive voice you could say that the committee is made up of (or comprised of) teachers and workers. But, as you say, consisted can’t be used in that way.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I suppose so, yes. Certainly you can say “is composed of”, whereas you can’t say “is consisted of”.
     
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