This agreement is made on _______, by and between:

  1. XXX

In this matter acts for and on behalf of YYY.

The above sentence is from an agreement, and XXX and YYY each refers to a name of a person (not sure) and company. For me, the bold sentence seems incomplete. Does this mean:

The above person XXX acts for and is on behalf YYY in this matter.

  • The first text you've cited isn't a valid sentence - are you sure it's not just some text next to a dotted line where someone is expected to sign some agreement (on behalf of XXX)? Without more context, there's not really a question here. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '19 at 15:49
  • @FumbleFingers I have added more context. – jay Oct 1 '19 at 15:55
  • It looks pretty obvious to me that my suggestion above was correct. It's just a "label" telling you who should sign (or telling other people later who did sign) the agreement. This is hardly "learning English" - it's just "understanding how to complete formal documents". Sorry, I should have said (on behalf of YYY) in previous comment. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '19 at 16:06
  • @FumbleFingers Then does the bold sentence mean "The above person XXX acts for and is on behalf YYY in this matter"? Since this sentence seemed incomplete, it was hard to understand. – jay Oct 1 '19 at 16:09
  • You can't really analyse the "syntax" of a "label" like that. But note that very often the "pre-printed" wording there would be acting for and on behalf of YYY (a participial clause referring back to the as-yet-unidentified signatory). Whoever drew up the document doesn't know who will sign the document, but they do know that anyone who does so must be acting on behalf of company YYY. By including that "identifying" clause, they ensure that if anyone who isn't authorised to act on behalf of the company signs it, the agreement has no validity. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '19 at 16:14

You have the grammar a little wrong, but the sense you've inferred is correct.

Person XXX acts for YYY (as in, represents them and their interests - like a lawyer acts for their client by representing them in a court of law).

Person XXX also acts on behalf of YYY (which means that anything XXX does is to be treated as if YYY did it themselves - for example, if I'm sick and can't sign a document, I can allow you to act on my behalf and sign it with your name, with an understanding that you're signing it for me).

  • Very well explained and not in a comment. – Lambie Oct 1 '19 at 17:24

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