Deciphering Government Contracts Lesson 4 – Punctuate this!




Punctuation conveys important information to the reader. Miss-using or omitting those tiny dots and dashes can turn a contract into something one of the parties might have never intended. Courts and boards are often asked to review the rules of basic English to determine what the parties were thinking. Many basic, but important, conventions are applied to determine intent, even if that is not what you meant! Covered topics include order of precedence, express terms, course of performance, and course of dealing.