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A condition precedent may be defined as a condition which must occur before a duty to perform under a contract arises. See Village Beer and Beverage Inc. v. Vernon D. Cox & Co., 327 Pa.Super. 99, 475 A.2d 117 (1984). While the parties to a contract need not utilize any particular words to create a condition precedent, an act or event designated in a contract will not be construed as constituting one unless that clearly appears to have been the parties' intention. See Estate of Barilla, 369 Pa.Super. 213, 535 A.2d 125 (1987); see also Joseph Paolino & Sons v. City of Philadelphia, 429 Pa.Super. 191, 631 A.2d 1353 (1993). In addition, the purpose of any condition set forth in a contract must be determined in accordance with the general rules of contractual interpretation. As the interpretation of a contract involves a question of law, Halpin v. LaSalle University, 432 Pa. Super. 476, 639 A.2d 37 (1994), the determination of a condition's purpose constitutes an exercise in legal analysis. See Estate of Barilla, supra; see also JosephPaolino & Sons v. City of Philadelphia, supra. 


Those rules may be summarized as follows. When construing ...

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