lie on vs reside in

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Hello, I need a help with these prepositional verbs. I don’t know whether they could be taken as synonyms or not.

I’ll give you an example

· The real problem resides in ourselves because we don’t know how to eat healthy

· The real problem lies on ourselves because we don’t know how to eat healthy

The first one sounds a little odd to me. I think the second one sounds better.

What do you think?

Thank you very much for your help.
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  • Tintazul

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    Hello Beryl, thanks for your answer.

    I made up the sentence on the basis of one I found in an Oxford dictionary.

    · Its originality lies in its natural composition.

    Yes, I mixed up the prepositions. But has the verb of this sentece the same meaning as mine? I might have misunderstood it.
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    Beryl from Northallerton

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    I don't think you've misunderstood. I was thrown off by the preposition.

    You could indeed say 'the problem lies in ourselves'.

    What are you really trying to say though? That the fault is ours?


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    I would never say 'resides in ' in this context. 'Lies in ourselves' has the same meaning as the Oxford Dictionary example you have given.

    {Note: The adverb for eat is 'healthily' not healthy.}

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