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    thereof

    Hi,

    could you please tell me what does "thereof" refer to in the following sentence contained in an agreement:

    Executive agrees to devote his entire working time and best efforts to his duties to be performed hereunder (hereunder = the agreement as a whole), as described in attached “Management Regulations“ and amended from time to time by the Management in USA and shall not engage in any other business activity during the term thereof.

    Does "thereof" refer to the document entitled "management regulations" or could it also refer to the contract as a whole?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: thereof

    The contract as a whole, IMO.

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    Re: thereof

    There are lots of 'there-preposition' words likes this:

    thereof
    thereon
    thereto
    thereabouts
    therefor [nb: this is very different from 'therefore'

    A therefore B.
    B; the reason therefor is A.
    This is rare, if not archaic. But you may come across it in contracts.]

    They mean 'preposition that thing' - 'to that thing', 'of that thing' etc. They are used only in very formal contexts or in ceremonies - some weddings, for example.

    There are similar 'where-preposition' words (similarly archaic/formal): wherein = in which, whereto = to which, etc.


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    Re: thereof

    Thanks a lot! I just thought that as "contract" is not mentioned in the sentence before, I should use "hereof" at the end of the sentence and not "thereof".

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    Re: thereof

    I'd say so: hereof to refer to the present document, and thereof to refer to some other thing (maybe a document, or - typically, in contracts - a period).

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    #6

    Re: thereof

    I think thereof means for the length of his tenure as an executive

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    Re: thereof

    Yes, it's a pronoun so it may be used to refer to any noun; but as it's used chiefly in contracts now, it's more likely to be used to refer to things like tenure (in your experience). But if I wanted to I could say

    My wife's just said the dinner's ready, and I must go downstairs for the consumption thereof.

    Now there's a coincidence...

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    Re: thereof

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes, it's a pronoun so it may be used to refer to any noun; but as it's used chiefly in contracts now, it's more likely to be used to refer to things like tenure (in your experience). But if I wanted to I could say

    My wife's just said the dinner's ready, and I must go downstairs for the consumption thereof.

    Now there's a coincidence...

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