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    Theory

    "The secret was discussed on the basis of THEORETICAL grounds."
    "The secret was discussed based on THEORETICAL grounds."


    Do these mean that THEORIES were the reason for the act of discussing the secret? Or do they mean that the THEORETICAL aspects of the secret was discussed?

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    Re: Theory

    Quote Originally Posted by FishGet View Post
    "The secret was discussed on the basis of THEORETICAL grounds."
    "The secret was discussed based on THEORETICAL grounds."


    Do these mean that THEORIES were the reason for the act of discussing the secret? Or do they mean that the THEORETICAL aspects of the secret was discussed?
    Neither means anything. There's no need for all this worrisome obsession with 'based on'. :"BASED ON" IS OFTEN PLEONASTIC. If in doubt, avoid it. 'The discussion was theoretical.' End of story.

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