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    provided (that)

    Hello,

    I understand "provided (that)" is a conjunction which means "only if" or "on the condition that"
    and is used as the following:
    A happens provided (that) B happens.

    However, I found the following use of "provided" in examples of agreements:

    A. The term of this Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall expire
    on the date that Party B completes all services hereunder. Provided, however,
    both parties may extend the term in writing with additional services.

    B. Party A shall keep a record of the acquisition of the said data and shall keep it
    for three years. Provided, however, it shall not be necessary to keep the record of acquisition
    in cases where the provision of the said data falls under any of the following:

    Is it OK to start a sentence with "Provided (that)"?
    And, in the case B, shouldn't the underlined part be only "However"?

    I appreciate your help.

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    Re: provided (that)

    Lawyers have been proficient at mangling English for centuries. I see no reason for provided in either A or B. I'm not a lawyer, though, and there may be a valid legal reason for including the word.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: provided (that)

    I agree. As far as I am concerned, those sentences (as they stand and as they are currently punctuated) are not grammatical. I would also remove "provided" from them.

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