How Can I Help?
Sure. Happy to explain, and hoping I can in an understandable way. Perhaps the reduction of complexity is all that’s required, so let me begin with that.
It has always been my experience that, when reading, the fewer reasons to ask questions about what I’ve read — especially questions having nothing to do with the idea or point that the author is, or is trying to make — the more focused any questions I DO have will be, and as a result, the greater the retention of the information presented.
This is the reason to use terminology that’s compatible with that which is already in use. So, an example that quickly comes to mind is one where the author is pointing to the necessity of recurring irrigation for plant life to thrive and suggests the use of a hose as a means.
As he/she writes, they use the phrase, “…the water from off of the hose…”. That the reader was expected to understand that it was the water from within the hose, or the water from out of the hose, and not what little might be found clinging to the outside of the hose is a mistake for the author to assume. To assume that the meaning will be understood gives the reader a question for which the answer won’t always be so straightforward.
That they’ve answered it correctly is hardly any certainty. A question that would never have been needed with the use of certain terminology in the construction of the sentences used to convey ideas. Terminology that was compatible with that already in use.
As previously mentioned, the word “based” implies a foundation of, or for, something that is being, or will be, built. It’s natural and flows without interruption, when reading based on. One could easily substitute for based the word “founded” and it would still make sense. On the other hand, to read “based off of” and try the same substitution quickly demonstrates the awkwardness of the incompatible terminology.
Put as simply as I know how; things aren’t founded off of, nor are foundations laid to be built off of. Neither are things based off of, rather than based on — or in. To read it that way doesn’t make me stop and ask impertinent, extraneous, or irrelevant questions, and I remain focused on the subject that the author wants to discuss.
Have I helped to clarify, or cloud?