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    On the basis of...

    Dear teachers,

    Is it correct the use of "on the basis of..." and "to which..." in the following sentence?

    "On the basis of the EU conflict prevention and crisis management capabilities, the research question to which the study in hand aims to find an answer is whether and to which extent the European Union can play a role in conflict prevention in Congo"

    Thank you very much for your kind help. I'm learning so much!!


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    Re: On the basis of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ochinoam View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Is it correct the use of "on the basis of..." and "to which..." in the following sentence?

    "On the basis of the EU conflict prevention and crisis management capabilities, the research question to which the study in hand aims to find an answer is whether and to which extent the European Union can play a role in conflict prevention in Congo"

    Thank you very much for your kind help. I'm learning so much!!
    Without knowing the context, I'm going to leave the "on the basis of" question to someone else.

    However, "to which" is used perfectly.

    One point, though. It should be "to what extent" not "to which extent".


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    Re: On the basis of...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Without knowing the context, I'm going to leave the "on the basis of" question to someone else.

    However, "to which" is used perfectly.

    One point, though. It should be "to what extent" not "to which extent".

    Thank you very much! Could you explain me the difference between to which and to what extent.

    Regarding "on the basis of", I was just wondering if it's an acceptable English expression.

    Thanks again

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    Re: On the basis of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ochinoam View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Is it correct the use of "on the basis of..." and "to which..." in the following sentence?

    "On the basis of the EU conflict prevention and crisis management capabilities, the research question to which the study in hand aims to find an answer is whether and to which extent the European Union can play a role in conflict prevention in Congo"
    The second "to which" is wrong. It should be "to what" - "to what extent".

    Thank you very much for your kind help. I'm learning so much!!

    This sentence is unnecessarily complicated, and should preferably be simplified. Here is one solution:
    "The question which this study aims to answer is whether, and to what extent, the European Union can help in conflict prevention in Congo given their capability for conflict prevention and crisis management."

    "On the basis of", or "based on" could be used here instead of "given".

    Here are some more correct uses:
    Our decision about whether the EU can help will be based on our research conclusions.
    We will make a decision on the basis of our results.
    The decision is based on the results.
    The results are the basis of our decision.
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    Re: On the basis of...

    Thank you very much!

    Could someone explain me the difference between "to what extent" and "to which extent"?

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    Re: On the basis of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ochinoam View Post
    Thank you very much!

    Could someone explain me the difference between "to what extent" and "to which extent"?
    "to which extent" doesn't exist in this usage.
    You only use "which" if there are known choices.
    How many 'extents' are there? That's an absurd question, but if there were three, you could "to which extent? - 1, 2 or 3?"

    Here are some more comparisons:
    "What do you want to drink?" BUT "I have coffee or tea - which do you want?" (There is a known choice)
    "Who are you going with?" "Which of your friends are you going with?" (The friends are a limited number, and a choice can be made from them).
    "What do you think is the best idea? Which of these ideas do think is best?"

    The same distinction applies when you use "which" in more complex phrases.

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