I am trying to find out when the following phrase is correct and what is a better choice for the cases where it is not:
... (1) divides into ... (2)
- Example 1: (1) is for example a country and (2) are states: "The US divides into 51 states"
- Example 2: (1) is a river which branches (gets split up) into several arms at one point, or a corridor: "The corridor starts in Bulgaria, crosses Turkey and then divides into two branches, one along the coast to Syria, Libya, Israel and Egypt, and the other through the Syrian and Jordanian plateaux" (source), "the river divides into several arms (furcation) and it begins to flow in bends" (source), more examples see linguee
- Example 3: (1) consists of several subparts, e.g. a software program consists of components: "The software divides into data integration and data import/export." (source)
I think in general "divides into" is a bad choice if it means (1) is composed of (made up of) various parts.
It may be a good choice, if (1) is actually being split up at one point, like the river in example 2.
I think example 2 is ok, but the phrases in example 1 and 3 do not feel quite right.
Are my assumptions correct? What would be better?
- consists of?