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    Default Can you spot the mistake in this paragraph?

    The paragraph below has a few mistakes but there's one tiny mistake that could totally change the meaning of the paragraph. The human mind is a bit like Microsoft Word, it automatically corrects mistakes, which is why proof readers have to go through every text with a fine toothed comb!


    When such failure, or delay, is caused by force Majeure being any event, occurred by circumstance reasonably beyond the control of that party, including without prejudice to generality of the forgoing failure or delay caused by or resulting from Acts of God, strikes, Fire, Floods, Wars (whether declared/undeclared), riots, destruction of embargoes, accidents, restrictions, quotas on by any governmental authority (including allocation, requisitions, quotas and price controls).

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    I think the mistake you are talking about is ...quotas on by any governmental... Am I right? If not, I give up... until I have time to check it out again. :-)
    Last edited by Xˇchitl L.; 08-29-2011 at 10:24 PM.

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    Default Re: Can you spot the mistake in this paragraph?

    Hi Xˇchitl,

    The mistake that I'm talking about is forgoing failure, I think it should say foregoing failure!

    I hope I'm right that they meant to say foregoing and not forgoing or I've made a big mistake!

    I've asked them to change the wording and put aforementioned to eliminate any doubt!

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    Hello La Inglesa,

    That is exactly the 'mistake' I pointed out yesterday, but I edited a few minutes later because I realized they were using forgoing as a synonym for foregoing.

    Forgoing can also be translated as something completely different, that's why I found it a little bit confusing.

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    What a difference a letter makes!

    Even if forgoing as a synonym for foregoing I still don't like it because it's ambiguous!

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    I didn't like it either. In contracts, people have to be as specific as possible, in order to avoid 'headaches' in the future.

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    Default Re: Can you spot the mistake in this paragraph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xˇchitl L. View Post
    I didn't like it either. In contracts, people have to be as specific as possible, in order to avoid 'headaches' in the future.
    Jeje...sometimes those 'headaches' serve their purpose for the lawyers drawing up those contracts. No pun intended!! :-)

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