“Guarantees That”?

In this recent blog post I said that usually in contracts the verb guarantee is followed by a noun rather than a that-clause. But I’m not sure I can explain the aversion to guarantees plus that-clause.

I think it’s safe to say that “Acme guarantees that Widgetco will comply with its obligations under this agreement” conveys the same meaning as “Acme guarantees Widgetco’s compliance with its obligations under this agreement.” In fact, using a that-clause allows you to use a verb rather than an abstract noun, which results in prose that’s clearer and more concise.

Is the issue that guarantees that seems too colloquial?

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.