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    Smile How to use “above”

    Dear our kind teachers:

    I have some questions for the following sentence: This Agreement shall become effective on the date first above written and continue to be in effect until above-mentioned Technical Collaboration Agreement become in effect.

    (1) One should put "the" between "until" and "above-mentioned".
    (2) One should change "become" to "becomes".
    (3) Regarding the above, I sometimes see an expression "above + noun", not "the above + noun", in English documents. I think that "above" must need "the". Why do native speakers sometimes use "above + noun" instead of "the above + noun"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: How to use “above”

    1) Yes.
    2) No, it should be comes into effect.
    3) I agree that "'the above' + noun" makes the most sense in this context.


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    Smile Re: How to use “above”

    Dear RonBee:

    Thank you for your reply.
    Regarding the expression "comes into effect", I sometimes see the expression "becomes in effect". I looked for the US company's webpage: Affiliate Agreement.Online Florist. Send Birthday Flowers, Gifts Coast to Coast

    This webpage has the following expression:
    II. Terms:
    1) This agreement will become in effect once your enrollment Application is approved. This agreement may be terminated at any time by either yourself or Coast to Coast Flowers without any reason or without notifying the other party of termination.

    Do native speakers use the expression "become into effect"?
    The expression "come into effect" seems to be better than "become into effect", but I cannot see the difference completely because native speakers use "become into effect" instead of "come into effect".

    Thank you.

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    Re: How to use “above”

    Quote Originally Posted by groopy7777 View Post
    Do native speakers use the expression "become into effect"?
    Clearly, they do.

    Quote Originally Posted by groopy7777 View Post
    The expression "come into effect" seems to be better than "become into effect", but I cannot see the difference completely because native speakers use "become into effect" instead of "come into effect".
    They mean the same.

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