Expressions used with contract
Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about job contracts:
A ‘binding contract’ is one which cannot be legally avoided or stopped.
- We have a legally binding contract and you must supply us with these services.
- You can’t walk out on your binding contract just because you have received a better offer elsewhere.
An ‘exclusive contract’ is one which prevents the person from working with other people.
- You have an exclusive contract to work with us and you cannot take on work for anybody else.
- I think we should offer her an exclusive contract so that she only works for us.
A ‘renewable contract’ is one which can be continued after it has finished by a new one. The opposite of this is a ‘non-renewable contract’.
- To work on this project, we can offer you a non-renewable contract of one year.
- The contract is for one year, renewable for a second year if we are satisfied with your work.
A ‘temporary contract’ is one that is not permanent.
- We can give you a temporary contract for six months.
- You’ll start on a temporary contract and we may then offer you a permanent one.
A ‘valid contract’ is one that has legal force.
- This contract is not valid until it is signed by both parties.
- This letter is not a valid contract. I want a proper one.
A ‘breach of contract’ is when the person does something which breaks the terms of the contract.
- If you don’t agree to move to Paris, you will be in breach of your contract.
- If you refuse to work on Sunday, that is a breach of contract and we will dismiss you.
The ‘terms of contract’ are the conditions contained within the contract.
- Under the terms of your contract, you have to work on some Sundays.
- You are asking me to do something which is not in the terms of my contract.
If you ‘draw up’ a contract, you prepare it.
- I’ll draw up a contract for you and you can sign it tomorrow.
- I’ll get a new contract drawn up including the new terms and conditions.
If you ‘get out of’ a contract, you are no longer bound by it.
- I’m not happy in my job and need to find a way to get out of my contract.
- I think she’s being difficult because she wants to get out of her contract with us.
If you ‘go through’ a contract, you look at it in detail.
- We need to spend a few minutes going through your contract.
- Make sure you go through your contract carefully before you sign it.