Quick Tip on Use of Clause “regardless of whether”–Rewrite It!

I came across the clause “regardless of whether” in a construction agreement today:

Regardless of whether

There must be a simpler way of saying that, right? Legal language expert Bryan Garner believes “regardless of whether” is right, and should replace “regardless whether”. I disagree, and think rewriting it is best, using an “even if” construction below:

Even if construction

I also toyed with using “whether or not” to replace “regardless of whether” (and liked it better than “regardless of whether”) even though that construction is routinely criticized.

Lesson: When the “right way” still doesn’t sound right, rewrite it.

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