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    #1

    Smile on the basis of these criteria.

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    A: Hey, I wasnít at the class last week, is there something new?
    B: He didnít give a lecture but just handed out marking criteria sheet.
    I got one for you. Here you are.
    ⓐYou just need to write your essay on the basis of these criteria.
    ⓑYou just need to write your essay based on these criteria.
    ⓒYou just need to write your essay in accordance with these criteria.
    ⓓ?


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    #2

    Re: on the basis of these criteria.

    Based on the first part of the conversation, I would probably say

    ⓑYou just need to write your essay based on these criteria.

    Although all examples are fine, sentence 'C' sounds too formal.


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    #3

    Re: on the basis of these criteria.

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    A: Hey, I wasn’t at the class last week, is there something new?
    B: He didn’t give a lecture but just handed out marking criteria sheet.
    I got one for you. Here you are.
    ⓐYou just need to write your essay on the basis of these criteria.
    ⓑYou just need to write your essay based on these criteria.
    ⓒYou just need to write your essay in accordance with these criteria.
    ⓓ?
    I think sounds just fine -- perfectly natural
    ⓑ You just need to write your essay based on these criteria.

    NOTE: The sentence by the first speaker isn't quite right.

    A: Hey, I wasn’t at the class last week, is there something new?
    > "in class," not "at the class"
    > this is a run-on sentence, using a comma splice instead of a period.
    > "anything new" rather than "something new"
    A: Hey, I wasn't in class last week. Is there anything new?

    -------------------------

    You may also be interested in knowing that "marking criteria" is nowadays called the "rubric."
    - "The teacher handed out the rubric for these essays."

    By extension, the actual paper the criteria are written on is also called "the rubric," not just the content of the paper.
    - "Here's a rubric I saved for you."

    Here's a pdf of an actual rubric distributed to students to guide their writing:
    http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson...tiverubric.pdf


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    #4

    Smile Re: on the basis of these criteria.

    Many thank you for your help.

    Can I ask one more thing?

    I'm so confused by these three "on the basis of", "based on" and " in accordance with "

    I thought they have same meaning but it looks like it's not.

    Would you please let me know the differences?

    Thank you!


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    #5

    Re: on the basis of these criteria.

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Many thank you for your help.

    Can I ask one more thing?

    I'm so confused by these three "on the basis of", "based on" and " in accordance with "

    I thought they have same meaning but it looks like it's not.

    Would you please let me know the differences?

    Thank you!
    There's no real difference in meaning. The difference (if any) is a slight increase or decrease in formality of tone:

    - using more words makes a sentence sound more formal; fewer words, less formal.
    - using longer words makes a sentence sound more formal; shorter words, less formal.

    The last one is the most formal, and the second one is the least -- based on the number of words (and their simplicity) to express the meaning. That's why everyone is selecting as the best choice to represent a conversation between young school chums. It would be easy to imagine two stuffy old professors swaggering around saying, "In accordance with ..." -- even in personal conversations! But I think schoolboys would not speak that way.
    Last edited by Ann1977; 11-Oct-2009 at 16:52.

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