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# George s personal diary and album formed the basis for his

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

• the basis for his book about the places he had visited.
• the basis for his book regarding the places he had visited.
• the basis of his book about the places he visited.
• the basis of his book about the places which he had visited.
• the basis of his book about the places he had visited.

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11 Feb 2009, 13:35
Hi mates,

IMO E

First, I think it should be "the basis of" and not "the basis for". Therefore, A and B out.

Then, I think past perfect is needed: the action of visiting cities started in the past and ended also in the past. So C out.

Between D and E, E is simpler withour "which"

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11 Feb 2009, 13:38
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A seems to be the correct answer. Choices C through E can be eliminated due to the use of of after the basis which is incorrect (form the basis for is correct). Book can be about or on some topic or something. Therefore, the only choice satisfying the criteria is A.
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11 Feb 2009, 14:00
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tough one, but i'll go with E

Reasoning
1. basis of
2. he had visited implies a specific trip. He visited is more general, changing the meaning slightly
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11 Feb 2009, 14:18
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bigtreezl wrote:
tough one, but i'll go with E

Reasoning
1. basis of
2. he had visited implies a specific trip. He visited is more general, changing the meaning slightly

Tricky question but I'll also go with E.
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11 Feb 2009, 14:42
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bigtreezl wrote:
tough one, but i'll go with E

Reasoning
1. basis of
2. he had visited implies a specific trip. He visited is more general, changing the meaning slightly

Firstly, basis of is not idiomatic English, and you are likely to be wrong choosing anything among C, D, or E. Use of Part Perfect implies the fact that he travelled prior to writing a book.
Therefore, I still stick to A.
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11 Feb 2009, 14:58
SlavaYura wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
tough one, but i'll go with E

Reasoning
1. basis of
2. he had visited implies a specific trip. He visited is more general, changing the meaning slightly

Firstly, basis of is not idiomatic English, and you are likely to be wrong choosing anything among C, D, or E. Use of Part Perfect implies the fact that he travelled prior to writing a book.
Therefore, I still stick to A.

In fact, the idiom is in the basis of...
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11 Feb 2009, 19:51
IMO, both 'basis of' and 'basis for' are correct but here 'basis for' is more deserving candidate. I will go for A.
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11 Feb 2009, 21:38
I will go with E for the use of "basis of" and use of past perfect sense which means he had already visited the places before writing the book
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11 Feb 2009, 23:09
x2suresh wrote:
George’s personal diary and album formed the basis for his book about the places he had visited.

• the basis for his book about the places he had visited.
• the basis for his book regarding the places he had visited.
• the basis of his book about the places he visited.
• the basis of his book about the places which he had visited.
• the basis of his book about the places he had visited.

C
I believe the idiom is "basis of", and we don't need "had".
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12 Feb 2009, 07:53
JohnLewis1980 wrote:
SlavaYura wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
tough one, but i'll go with E

Reasoning
1. basis of
2. he had visited implies a specific trip. He visited is more general, changing the meaning slightly

Firstly, basis of is not idiomatic English, and you are likely to be wrong choosing anything among C, D, or E. Use of Part Perfect implies the fact that he travelled prior to writing a book.
Therefore, I still stick to A.

In fact, the idiom is in the basis of...

Actually the idiom is form the basis for, while the basis of may also be used but without the verb form preceding it.
Here is a screenshot of Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of the basis entry. Take that into account.
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12 Feb 2009, 08:41
I've heard and come across the sentences using both 'for' and 'of' when the word 'form' precedes 'basis'

I'll go with E

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12 Feb 2009, 08:46
OA is C..

Don't about the source.. Got it online from other forum..

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