his value consists <in /of> his ability ...

PrincessSnow

New Member
Vietnamese
1. His value consists in his ability to work with others
2. His value consists of his ability to work with others
I have looked up the dictionary, and i think #1 is correct but my teacher says #2 is. Any body help me ?
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I can see the difficulty here, Princess. We use both in and of with consists:

    His value consists in his ability to work with others - this tells us how he is valuable to us.

    This sausage consists of a mixture of pork meat and fat - this tells us how the sausage is made up.

    You need the first here. 1. is right, 2. is wrong, in my view.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I agree with you, and so does the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. (Is that the dictionary you used?)

    I would use 'consists of' if we were talking about what something is made of: "This ice cream consists of cream, sugar, eggs and flavoring."

    Added: Cross-posted with Thomas Tompion.
     
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