The other day I saw in a contract—in an American Institute of Architects standard contract, no less—see to plus an abstract noun. I knew it was dubious, so I tweeted about it. And because it was interesting enough, I took the next logical step and dropped it into the manuscript of the fifth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting.
But MSCD5‘s treatment of verb structures is sprawling and intricate, so adding see to plus abstract noun (and see to it that) was like adding pieces to an edgeless, free-form jigsaw puzzle—they had to connect with what was already there.
To that end, I added this.
Why bother? Because I expect that MSCD will be the only book of its kind, ever. For various reasons, I don’t see anyone following in my footsteps. So I want MSCD to be as comprehensive as reasonably possible.
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