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    #1

    theoretical base/basis

    Hello,

    "Similarity between the algorithms is connected with the fact that most of them are based on some theoretical basis/base"

    Which option is correct? I would choose "theoretical basis".

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    #2

    Re: theoretical base/basis

    May I suggest instead: The algorithms are similar because they are based on the same theory.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: theoretical base/basis

    Or try:

    Similarities between the algorithms are due to the fact that most of them are based on the same theoretical structure or technique.



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    Last edited by lotus888; 23-Jul-2014 at 23:23. Reason: add "the"

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    Re: theoretical base/basis

    Ok, thanks a lot for your responses. What do you think about the collocations themselves? Is it correct to say "theoretical base" and "theoretical basis"?

    Thanks

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    #5

    Re: theoretical base/basis

    As a stand-alone phrase, "on a theoretical basis" is fine. But NOT "based on the same [any word] basis."

    Generally speaking, if you can reduce "nouns made from verbs" (similarities, basis) from your writing, your writing will be more crisp.

    "The similarities are due to the fact that" is much more clearly written as "they are similar because."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: theoretical base/basis

    In almost all cases, I would avoid "the fact that". It usually adds nothing but words.

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