Have you ever gotten a contract for something and not really understood what it says? Contracts, whether they are for business or everyday things like phones, are hard to read. But they are important both for business and everyday life. So, it's useful to know how to read them or at least be able to ask questions about them.

Here we'll introduce you to essential phrases that will help you better understand and negotiate contracts. Take a look at the tables below and get ready to negotiate!

Questions about a Contract

Below, you'll find different questions that you can use to ask about a contract. Use them when you don't understand, are looking for clarification, or want to ask for someone's opinion about the contract.
Are you satisfied with the compromise?
 
What are your views on the offer?
 
Do you have any further suggestions for the contract?
 
Did you notice if we missed anything in the main articles?
 
Would you change anything?
 
Do you understand what the contract is saying?
 
Did you read the fine print?
 
Do you have any questions about the contract?
 
What does section 4 mean?
 
Can we define the exceptions in section five more clearly?
 
Can we add an additional clause to make it more clear?
 
 

Comments about a Contract

The following phrases are examples of comments that you could make about a contract. Have a look and use them for inspiration the next time you're reading over a contract.
I like your offer.
 
I'm afraid I can't agree to this.
 
The most important reason for my refusal is article four.
 
May I suggest a change to the contract?
 
I propose we change the contract.
 
In exchange for increased pay, would you work more hours?
 
I think we should finalize the contract.
 
Let me make sure I understood your point.
 
Unfortunately, my hands are tied in this situation.
 
If you accept the contract, then please sign on the last page.
 
What is the catch?
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases for negotiating business contracts?
  • What are your views on the offer?
  • What does section 4 mean?
  • I like your offer.
  • I'm afraid I can't agree to this.
  • Did you read the fine print?
  • Do you have any questions about the contract?
  • Let me make sure I understood your point.
  • If you accept the contract, then please sign on the last page.
What kind of English is used in contracts?
The English used in contracts is usually very technical. It could be business, bureaucratic, or legal English. This means that contracts can be very difficult to read, even for native English speakers. Therefore, it's a good idea to learn some business vocabulary and phrases when working with contracts, as well as to have others look over the contract with you. Two pairs of eyes is better than one!