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    On the basis of/Based on

    Are "on the basis of" and "based on" interchangeable?

    Are these sentences okay?

    1. He was hired on the basis of his experience.
    2. He was hired based on his experience.
    3. The plan was decided on the basis of our budget.
    4. The plan was decided based on our budget.
    5. Stop discrimination on the basis of sex.
    6. Stop discrimination based on sex.
    Last edited by Snappy; 15-Apr-2009 at 20:32.

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    Re: On the basis of/Based on

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Are "on the basis of" and "based on" interchangeable?

    Are these sentences okay?

    1. He was hired on the basis of his experience.
    2. He was hired based on his experience.
    3. The plan was decided on the basis of our budget.
    4. The plan was decided based on our budget.
    5. Stop discrimination on the basis of sex.
    6. Stop discrimination based on sex.
    Why I asked this question is that a Japanese website explains that "based on" and "on the basis of" are different. According to the website,
    Grammatically incorrect: Based on the Landau theory, the magnetic susceptibility is investigated.
    Grammatically correct: On the basis of the Landau theory, the magnetic susceptibility is investigated.
    The site explains that "based on" must be used in adjectival phrases (which I don't understand very well). The site says the following sentence is correct because "treatment based on" is an adjectival phrase.

    We give a treatment based on the Landau theory.


    The explanation, however, is made by a non-native speaker of English. Therefore, I would like to ask native speakers' opinion. I'm happy if you can tell me which sentences sound strange with or without grammatical explanation.

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