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Hi, Tony,

@Tony C posted:

Where a trustee of a trust makes a statement resulting in a shortfall amount for a beneficiary of the trust, section XYZ treats the shortfall amount as that of the trustee for penalty purposes.

Rather than look for a replacement, I recommend paraphrasing the main clause. The verb "treat" is usually followed by a direct object and an as-complement (being thus similar to verbs like consider and regard). According to the text,  section XYZ treats the shortfall amount as the shortfall amount of the trustee, that is, it penalizes the trustee's conduct by assigning the shortfall to the trustee, i.e. as if it had been incurred by the trustee, not by the beneficiary.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor
@Tony C posted:

What's the replacement word for  "as that of" so that it can be easily understood.

e.g.  Where a trustee of a trust makes a statement resulting in a shortfall amount for a beneficiary of the trust, section XYZ treats the shortfall amount as that of the trustee for penalty purposes

Rather than look for a replacement, I recommend paraphrasing the main clause. . . .  According to the text,  section XYZ treats the shortfall amount as the shortfall amount of the trustee . . . .

Hello, Tony—As you can see from Gustavo's paraphrase, it is not the word string "as that of" that has a replacement word. Rather, "that" (which functions as a pronoun here) can be replaced by its antecedent: "the shortfall amount."

that = the shortfall amount
as that of = as the shortfall amount of

Last edited by David, Moderator

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