Deciphering Government Contracts Lesson 5 – Word usage – misused words; grammar; references


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Just as in school, spelling and grammar count when reading a contract and understanding its intent. There are many frequently misused words and phrases that tend to contribute more confusion than clarity. Have you ever heard someone refer to the “physical year” when the meant the “fiscal year”? Interpretation rules here include the rule of sameness and contra preferentem. Proper and consistent references are also discussed.  Creative writing is typically NOT a preferred approach in contract drafting.