using the word "or"

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“Rental agreement” means all written or oral agreements embodying the terms and conditions
concerning the use and occupancy of a dwelling unit.

 

The way this sentence is constructed it seems that the word "all" with the word "or" does not imply that it must be one or the other. It seems to suggest that you could have both  written and oral agreements at the same time.   Does this make sense?

asked Apr 08 '13 at 12:55 Shane Desautels New member

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No, it doesn't. If there is a written agreement, then no oral agreements can change what is in that contract. Since this sentence encompasses legal definitions, grammar takes a backseat to legal terms, and the proper wording should be approved by someone more familiar with the law.

link comment answered Apr 08 '13 at 13:34 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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