In the construction of this code, the following rules shall be observed, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
   (A)    AND or OR. “Or” may be read “and,” and “and” may be read “or” if the sense requires it.
   (B)   Gender. A word importing the masculine gender only shall extend and be applied to females and to firms, partnerships, and corporations as well as to males.
   (C)   Number. A word importing the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons and things as well as to one person and thing.
   (D)   Time. Words used in the present or past tense include the future as well as the present and past.
('58 Code, § 1.03)