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Here you will find hints on how to understand, negotiate and draft contracts and major issues relating to contracts.

Issue #1: Contract Hints & Legal Issues: January, 2022 


True or False? An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own.

Answer = True

In the United Nations’ GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT FOR CONTRACTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES, the below provision uses “in the event” and “in the event of.”


“5.5: In the event the use by the United Nations of any goods, property or services provided or licensed to the United Nations by the Contractor, in whole or in part, in any suit or proceeding, is for any reason enjoined, temporarily or permanently, or is found to infringe any patent, copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right, or in the event of a settlement, is enjoined, limited or otherwise interfered with, then the Contractor, at its sole cost and expense, shall, promptly, either:…”


Are “in the event’ and “in the event of” idioms?

Answer = Yes

Do they mean the same thing?

Answer = Yes

What common single word can be used instead of “in the event" and “in the event of?” 

Answer = “If”  The definition or meaning of “if” is, introducing a conditional clause.