“Professor, Is ‘Based Off’ Good English?”

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The idioms “based on” and “based upon” are both standard English and mean the same thing as far as I am concerned, but “based off” or “based off of” are horses of a completely different color.

I am an English instructor, and I fancy myself something of a linguist and a philosopher, so I should know better than to do what I am about to do, but I cannot help myself. This is the first time I…

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Charles Gray

Charles Gray

“If it can be done, why do it?” Gertrude Stein