Subject to Approval

Got another question from the Peanut Gallery:

Is it appropriate to use “The offer is accepted subjected to management approval,” or “The offer is accepted subject to management approval”? What if the same sentence is used in past tense: “The offer was accepted ……..”?

This kind of sentence / usage is common in official writing. To answer this question, let’s get the official definitions of the phrases:

1) To be “subjected to” something means to be on the receiving end of something unpleasant that you must endure. This phrase is a transitive verb.

Example: The employees were subjected to constant verbal abuse from the boss.

2) “Subject to” means depending on or contingent on later action. It is an adjective.

Example: The merger is subject to regulatory agency approval.

 So, in your query example, “subject to” would be the correct usage for either case of past or present tense of the verb “accepted” — unless approval by management would be something unpleasant to endure!


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