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...van de bedrijven, wiens hoofdactiviteit erin bestaat om...'

English translation: both are correct, but

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Dutch term or phrase:...van de bedrijven, wiens hoofdactiviteit erin bestaat om...'
English translation:both are correct, but
Entered by: Evert DELOOF-SYS
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04:04 Sep 19, 2000
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Bus/Financial
Dutch term or phrase: ...van de bedrijven, wiens hoofdactiviteit erin bestaat om...'
Full context: 'Er zijn geen bedrijven in België, wiens hoofdactiviteit erin bestaat om content van andere sites te verkopen.'
I wonder about this construction: 'wiens hoofdactiviteit erin bestaat om' Can I translate it like this: ...,whose main activity is the selling of content from other sites'? Or should I say:'...,whose main activity consists in selling...'?
Nathalya
Belgium
Local time: 15:50
both are correct, but
Explanation:
the latter is far better: ...whose main activity consists in selling...
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Evert DELOOF-SYS
Belgium
Local time: 15:50
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Summary of answers provided
naDifference between consists in and consists ofxxxjarry
naboth are correct, but
Evert DELOOF-SYS
na... whose main activity consists in selling ...xxxjarry


  

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48 mins
... whose main activity consists in selling ...


Explanation:
is OK, and gramatically correct (consist of, would have been incorrect)

xxxjarry
South Africa
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Native speaker of: English
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52 mins
both are correct, but


Explanation:
the latter is far better: ...whose main activity consists in selling...

Evert DELOOF-SYS
Belgium
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Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch, Native in FlemishFlemish
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7 hrs
Difference between consists in and consists of


Explanation:
Just for the record. Something that consists of particular things or people is made up of or is formed from them (The committee consists of scientists and engineers).
Something that consists in something else has it as its main part or its only part (A game of tennis is competitive and consists in beating your opponent).
I therefore conclude that "whose main acivity consists of selling" is wrong.


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xxxjarry
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