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I'm reading a document and there is a sentence which is:

Reviews and Authorisations

The people listed have reviewed this document and [upon signing accept] the obligations and conditions set out below

I don't understand the part inside brackets.

I understand upon doing something, but the word accept is a verb, not a noun. How am I to understand it?

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    It's worth pointing out that this wording smacks of legal writing. I'd expect to see this phrasing in a formal document, but I would avoid this wording in everyday conversation. – J.R. Aug 26 '13 at 10:12
  • It becomes clear if you make a pause: The people... and upon signing, (they) accept... – user18933 Apr 17 '15 at 2:50
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Upon signing is a prepositional phrase meaning "with the act of signing". Accept is not the object of the verb sign but the main verb in the sentence's second clause, modified by the prepositional phrase. The sentence might be clearer if it were pointed differently:

The people listed have reviewed this document and, upon signing, accept the obligations and conditions set out below.

It may be paraphrased:

The people listed have reviewed this document. By signing, they accept the obligations and conditions set out below.

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  • Thanks for your great answer, very clear, that I can understand it now. – Freewind Aug 25 '13 at 15:09

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