What are the differences between a/ and b/ below?

a/ The agreement will be terminated upon written notice?

b/ The agreement will be terminated on the basis of written notice ?

My understanding is that a/ contains also bit of time element, while b/ is only about the method of sending. Do you think that a/ and b/ are identical or you agree with my understanding that one is with time element and the other one slightly different without time.

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    If this is a legal document, choice b) looks like reasonable grounds for firing your lawyer. It's unncessarily ambiguous. – Rob_Ster Dec 16 '17 at 18:38
  • The law has interpretations all its own. You can't rely on normal English conventions. Ask in legal.SE. – jimm101 Dec 17 '17 at 0:22

"On the basis of" is one of those expressions which are widely used to avoid being precise. For that reason, I would be very surprised to find it used in an apparently legal context such as your example.

Your interpretation may well be right, but I don't think anybody can authoritatively confirm it.

  • thank you very much. What time element would you associate with "Upon"? Is it something like shortly after being received, immediately, something similar ? – mariana 15 Dec 16 '17 at 13:30
  • I would interpret it as "immediately on receipt". – Colin Fine Dec 16 '17 at 13:33
  • thank you, very helpful. So "upon" is much more precise from time perspective as "on the basis"? – mariana 15 Dec 16 '17 at 13:35
  • ... I meant much more precise and explanatory ... – mariana 15 Dec 16 '17 at 13:37
  • I mean that "on the basis" is so vague that it is not possible to tell whether it refers to time, manner, or anything else. – Colin Fine Dec 16 '17 at 13:48

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