What is the difference between both of them? I could not find any explanations so I came here.

  • Do you have examples in which you found these? Mostly this is a literary difference, but not entirely. Examples of where you found these usages will help us better answer you.
    – A.Ellett
    Nov 16, 2023 at 19:22

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The reason you could not find any explanation specifically about them is because the difference can be explained as a generic difference between a te-form and a masu-stem:

Since もとづく is already a stiff verb, the difference between もとづいて and もとづき is small, and they are interchangeable. Still, もとづき sounds relatively a little stiffer or more academic.

  • Thanks for the short and helpful answer.
    – Koll
    Nov 18, 2023 at 17:24

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