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    Question 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."

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    Re: On the basis

    Hello Nyggus

    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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