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Mar 16 2017   4:15PM GMT

Based off or based on – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert


criticalthinkingCritical thinking asks if a conclusion is ______ evidence or gut feelings.

A. based on
B. based off


Answer: A

Based off (sometimes seen as based off of) is increasingly common and frequently heard in conversation. However, the term is incorrect and based on is the correct word choice.

The Chronicle of High Education explains how the term based off has seen a dramatic rise since the 1980s and seems to mostly be used in speech rather than writing for now.

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  • Brisc2017
    I think the trend may have some correlation to the rise in the constructionist perspective. Increasingly knowledge is being appreciated in its more relative and less absolute forms, with attending reduced emphasis of substance and increased emphasis of contrasts.
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  • Kaitlin Herbert
    Really interesting perspective! Thanks for sharing!
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