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Report No. 60

Number and gender

8.23. Section 13-Gender and number.-

Two rules of interest to grammarians-both subject to the context-are incorporated in section 13. The first says that words imposing the masculine gender include females. The second provides that words in the singular include the plural, and vice versa. The object of both is to facilitate shortening of the language of enactments, by enabling the draftsman to avoid the tortuous process of mentioning the female of the species whenever be frames a provision applicable to living beings, or of mentioning the plural whenever he uses a word in the singular and vice versa.

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