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    #1

    On the basis of / based on

    I learned somewhere that "based on" should only be used as a complement.
    Is Sentence 1 below incorrect according to the rule?

    1. Thank you for your reply to our question. Based on the reply, we decided that...
    2. Thank you for your reply to our question. On the basis of the reply, we decided that...

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    #2

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    Sentence 1 is absolutely fine.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    The "rule" is incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    How about Sentence 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The "rule" is incorrect.
    Do you mean my word choice of "rule" is incorrect or it is incorrect to say that "based on" should only be used as the complement ?

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    #5

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    Not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    How about Sentence 2?


    Do you mean my word choice of "rule" is incorrect or it is incorrect to say that "based on" should only be used as the complement ?
    In accordance with my understanding, the "rule" is referred to "based on" should only be used as a complement.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Sep-2014 at 17:48. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    #6

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    xxwzs, please read this extract from the Forum Rules:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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    #7

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    Hello.

    I personally think #1 is an example of a 'dangling participle', which is probably what herbivorie meant.
    The construction used there is similar to 'Written in easy English, we can understand the report well', for example. It is grammatically wrong - we are not 'written'.
    However, I found some examples including 'based on ...' that functions adverbially, here: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?hardm=1...p=3&q=based+on
    Furthermore, two educated native speakers confirmed that the usage is correct.
    So, that means it's commonly used.
    (Personally, I'd like to ask Barb for her opinion on this matter. )

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    Re: On the basis of / based on

    Your link quotes nearly 125,000 examples, tzfujimino. Could you save our time by isolating a couple of sentences which make your point?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Sep-2014 at 22:17.

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    #9

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    Hello.

    Examples:

    So based on what Secretary Duncan just said, we're looking at multiple measures. (abcnews.go.com)

    One elderly woman we saw was choosing sausage based on which her dog liked best. (washingtonpost.com)

    Based on years past, I expect the trend to continue for today's Easter services. (timesunion.com)


    (I'm currently accessing UsingEnglish on my smartphone, so I'm very very slow in responding. Please forgive me.)

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    #10

    Re: On the basis of / based on

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    xxwzs, please read this extract from the Forum Rules:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.
    I here give my apology for my overlooking of the Rules, and I will pay my attention.

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