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George’s personal diary and album formed the basis for his book about the places he had visited.

(A) the basis for his book about the places he had visited.

(B) the basis for his book regarding the places he had visited.

(C) the basis of his book about the places he visited.

(D) the basis of his book about the places which he had visited.

(E) the basis of his book about the places he had visited.

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Please explain why past perfect is not needed here. I think the he visited the places first, so we need a past perfect to show order. What is the correct Idiom “basis for” or “basis of”.
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George’s personal diary and album formed the basis for his book about the places he had visited.

(A) the basis for his book about the places he had visited.

(B) the basis for his book regarding the places he had visited.

(C) the basis of his book about the places he visited.

(D) the basis of his book about the places which he had visited.

(E) the basis of his book about the places he had visited.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

Please explain why past perfect is not needed here. I think the he visited the places first, so we need a past perfect to show order. What is the correct Idiom “basis for” or “basis of”.
This is my first verbal post please pardon any mistakes.
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"basis of" is Correct.
Use of simple past tense is preferred over past perfect as "places he visited" describes the content of the book (acting as adjective).
However, if there were another verb which described the chronology of the event, past perfect would have been a better choice. E.g.
"the basis of his book about the places which he had visited before he got married".

Hope this helps.
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17 Mar 2010, 01:18
Nice explanation Prabir
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21 Mar 2010, 11:29
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Hey Prabir,

Well explained. One quick thing to add, just to make it very clear. You can only use the past perfect tense if you HAVE ANOTHER VERB ALREADY IN THE SIMPLE PAST TENSE (and that action would have to occur AFTER the action in the past perfect tense). Prabir's example had this, but he didn't quite explain it in direct enough terms. Otherwise, great work!

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Thanks Tommy...

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24 Mar 2010, 06:21
Hi All,

As per Tommy's explanation.....I interpreted the sentence as follows......

formed which is a verb is in past tense and visited (another verb) happened before the album formed the basis and hence I thought the answer should be "places he had visited"

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24 Mar 2010, 09:18
Hey Seekmba,

Hmm. You're absolutely right, and that does make this a tougher question that it looks. I suppose the only argument you could make is that the action of "forming" is nebulous. When did they form the basis? It could have been while he was traveling. But I wonder now where this question is from, because I do think a stronger case could be made for the past perfect. Thanks for throwing that out there Seek!

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