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    be based in

    I have a question about the usage of "be based in":

    1. The company was originally based in Seattle.
    2. The company was originally based in a garage.

    It seems that dictionaries only allow the usage in the first sentence, but not the second sentence. It seems that "be based in" should only be used with a city/town. What do native speakers think?
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    Re: be based in

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    I have a question about the usage of "be based in":

    1. The company was originally based in Seattle.
    2. The company was originally based in a garage.

    It seems that dictionaries only allow the usage in the first sentence, but not the second sentence. It seems that "be based in" should only be used with a city/town. What do native speakers think?
    I won't speak for British English, but in the U.S., both are fine. Based in can refer to one location (example 2) or it can refer to a headquarters when there are several locations (possibly example 1).
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: be based in

    So, "the company was originally based in a garage" might be poorly written?

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    Re: be based in

    2. The company was originally started in a garage.

    Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started their company that way.



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    Re: be based in

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    So, "the company was originally based in a garage" might be poorly written?
    What makes you think that after reading Charlie's reply?

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    Re: be based in

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    So, "the company was originally based in a garage" might be poorly written?
    As I said, it's fine. It's good English. As I said, both of your examples are fine.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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