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Report No. 60

8.3. Layman's understanding different.-

We have considered at some length section 9 in so far as it deals with the expression "from", which, under the section, excludes, the first day. This is also the rule in England, laid down judicially, and we do not wish to disturb it, as it has beeh in operation for almost a century. Nevertheless, we would like to point out that this is not the layman's understanding of the word. In ordinary usage-whether in conversation or in correspondence or even informal documents-one regards the day mentioned as included in the period which begins from a particular day, and the object of using "from" is to link the period with that day. The dominant idea, in section 9, on the other hand, is of detaching the period from that day.



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