On the basis
Do the phrases "on the basis on" and "based on" can be used interchangeably? Compare these two exemplary sentences:
1st. "Experiment is to be performed on the basis of real agricultural data."
2nd. "Experiment is to be performed based on real agricultural data."
Thanks in advance,
Re: On the basis
In my view, the two phrases are used slightly differently.
1. X is calculated on the basis of Y.
In this structure, "on the basis of Y" acts as an adverb, and describes the process of calculation.
2. The calculation X is based on Y.
In this structure, "based on Y" acts as an adjective, and describes the finished calculation.
Often, of course, the #1 structure will mean much the same as the #2 structure. So the difference is one of emphasis, rather than meaning.
Other members may disagree, though!
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