1 U.S.C. § 1 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 1. General Provisions § 1. Words denoting number, gender, and so forth

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise--

words importing the singular include and apply to several persons, parties, or things;

words importing the plural include the singular;

words importing the masculine gender include the feminine as well;

words used in the present tense include the future as well as the present;

the words “insane” and “insane person” shall include every idiot, insane person, and person non compos mentis;

the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;

officer” includes any person authorized by law to perform the duties of the office;

signature” or “subscription” includes a mark when the person making the same intended it as such;

oath” includes affirmation, and “sworn” includes affirmed;

writing” includes printing and typewriting and reproductions of visual symbols by photographing, multigraphing, mimeographing, manifolding, or otherwise.


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