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Reply to "'based as it is on...'"

Of the hundreds of examples of "based as it is on..." that turned up on a Google search, I found no instances of meaning relation other than cause-effect ("because/since...").

A Google search uncovers more examples of cause-effect.

She was kicked in the head by your horse, Sherbert, though I'm sure that no blame can be attached to Sherbert, frightened as he was by the fire in the barn.

Tired as he was, he was quickly fast asleep.

This same kind of grammatical device can signal a contrast, however, as in

Frightened as he was, he walked into the darkness

Tired as he was, he kept driving through the storm

The context makes it clear which interpretation is intended by the writer.

Marilyn Martin