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What is the difference between based off and based on?

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Deborah Edwards on August 25, 2018

I suggest that there is a real difference in the meaning of the two terms. I think what makes the two terms can be displayed differently is that the words "on" and "off" are polar opposites of one another. However, each one implies that a particular action, decision or conclusion is taking place for a particular reason.. also I would like to suggest that the term "Based on" is grammatically more correct than "Based on".. For example, "Based on current economic forecasts, it is believed that the unemployment rate will reach as high as 11%.". In the same way, you could also say, "based off of current economic forecasts, it is believed that the unemployment rate will reach as high as 11%.". The only real difference between the two, other than the use of "on" or "off" is that if you use the word "off", should be followed by the word "of".


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