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The house is made of brick.

The whooper is made of a beef patty.

The first is correct, but the second I am not sure, because when I hear "made of" I think "is mostly constituted of". We can say that a house is mostly constituted of bricks, but we can't say that a burger is mostly constituted of a beef patty. Is there any implication behind the phrasal verb "made of"?

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    I think you mean “Whopper”. If you mean the famous fast-good hamburger, it is also made using bread, tomatoes, pickles, sauce, and other things, so “made of a beef patty” does not work. – whiskeychief Apr 2 at 12:49
  • For your information, you can also see/hear: The house is made of bricks or cement blocks. constitute is not a synonym of made of. – Lambie Apr 2 at 16:13
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If you say “X is made of Y”, Y is generally a raw material that you can put together to make an X. You can arrange a number of bricks together in a certain way to create a house. You cannot arrange “a beef patty” to make a Whopper. Perhaps you can say “The Whopper is made of beef patty” where “beef patty” (no article) is used as a mass noun. Though as @whiskeychief points out, the Whopper consists of other things as well like a bun and various toppings. I’d probably say “The Whopper is made with a beef patty” - where “with” indicates one of the components of the sandwich.

Also, “The Whopper is made of beef” would be correct because “beef” is a mass noun and it would be understood that you’re talking about the meat part of the sandwich.

  • Exactly, you cannot arrange a beef patty to make a Whopper. Very clear. – Lambie Apr 2 at 16:14

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