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Can we say both "consist of" and "consist out of"?
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I can't think of any context for consist out of. Are you confusing two expressions; 'consists of' and 'made out of'
Nona, I agree with you, this is non-standard.

However, you can find it at several British sites (didn't find it at the New York Times), just make a search at Yahoo with

"consist out of" bbc
(quotation marks are important)
such as:

Indymedia Scotland, UK | The Celtic Confederation

... acts as the confederation parliament, and consist out of the representatives. ... It is a merger between the Scottish BBC and the National Irish Broadcaster. ...
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Thanks for your help Nona and Marius. I have been proofreading a business document and had assumed that "consist out of" was wrong. Then I googled "consist out of", saw it used quite a bit and became confused...
Hi guys,

'. . . consist out of . . . ' is definitely substandard.

I looked at this quote. ... acts as the confederation parliament, and consist out of the representatives. ... It is a merger between the Scottish BBC and the National Irish Broadcaster. ...



Here's the complete sentence (the bold type is mine). Look at the other errors packed into it. In fact, the whole article that it is from is riddled with errors. I wouldn't give it any credibility as a guide to good English.

The choice for this organisation structure is because that the members (the poleis) can choose the board of governors (B.o.G.), which acts as the confederation parliament, and consist out of the representatives.

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Best wishes, Clive
Searching the BNC turns up nothing at all for "consist out of". Google produces results, but a great many of those appear to be from non-native speakers.
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Here in Holland we use "bestaat uit" literally meaning "consist out".