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    Question For Better Word Choice & Grammar

    Dear Teacher,

    In May 2007 Company X issued a circular explaining internal payment procedures to its staff. The circular says " The policy will be effect since 1 April 2007".

    In order to achieve 'clarity' and 'good English usage', the quoted sentence in my opinion should be revised in one of the following ways:

    (1) The (payment) policy is effective from 1 April 2007.
    (2) These guidelines will become effective from 1 April 2007.
    (3) These guidelines for internal payment procedures are effecive from ...
    (4) The policy has become effective since 1 April 2007.

    I'd appreciate any of your further comments and suggestions for improvement of the above quoted sentence (both in grammar and in word choice).

    Many thanks for your help.



    AnneTrinh


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    Re: For Better Word Choice & Grammar

    To be absolutely clear in a legal document, you say something starts on a date, rather than from a date.

    In this document, which is information for the staff, their sentence would be better written "the policy has been in effect/will be effective as of 1 April 2007" - depending on whether it has been issued before or after that date.

    It could also be phrased "As of 1st April 2007, the company payment policy will be/has been ..."

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    Smile Re: For Better Word Choice & Grammar

    Dear Anglika,

    The Circular was issued after 1 April 2007, so the closing sentence of that document would be better written "The policy has been in effect as of 1 April 2007".

    Please kindly confirm if such understanding is correct.

    Thank you very much again for your kind help.

    Sincerely,


    Anne


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    #4

    Re: For Better Word Choice & Grammar

    I agree.

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