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


We have two splits :

1. Between "basis for" and "basis of". We need "basis of" here and not "basis for", though both are idiomatically correct.

* "Basis of" means starting point of something or important info over which it can be further developed.

* "Basis for" means an info or argument that can be used to prove something.

2. Past perfect "Had" vs. simple past.

As we don't have two related actions that need sequencing, we must use simple past tense.

It is commonly understood that action of "visiting" must have done prior to the action of "forming the basis".

Having two thoughts in mind we can eliminate all but C.



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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New post 25 Mar 2019, 05:57
Experts, will you pls suggest why D is wrong.

In my opinion between "places" and "he" we need a conjunction otherwise it will be a run on sentence.

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