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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

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Last month Coakley presented his theory that the question mark is a Syriac invention "rather nervously" at a conference in the United States.
However, as a question mark I bring more than problem solving, rather, it is as Palmer (1998) describes: a way of learning so that students (or clients) can see for themselves.
Both the question mark and the lions are wonderful in different ways and guaranteed to engage public interest.
becomes the artist's altered ego, an extraterrestrial maker and distributor of universal signs: question marks, Ping-Pong balls, or wave lines, a more recent signature symbol, formed by tennis balls in a swimming pool in 1992 or drawn on the floor in the "antiperformance" Nova vaznost', 1991.
Question mark or not, the evocation of choice "gets the publicity for the series off on the wrong foot," counters GLAAD news media director Cathy Renna.
Question Mark QTI XML Viewer will allow users to view questions in the IMS XML format as well as to import and export questions created in IMS XML into its own QML XML format.
3 /PRNewswire/ -- Question Mark Corporation and Pinnacle Multimedia today announced the integration of Question Mark Perception(TM) testing and assessment software with Pinnacle Learning Manager(TM) (PLM), The world's leading learning management software.
A question mark is selected which changes the pointer to a question mark.
From bottom to top, the stack included: a cameral manual, a bar of soap with soap suds running down onto a corner of the camera manual, a block of ice melting onto the soap, a basketball in a little depression on top of the block of ice, a person standing at attention on top of the basketball with a big red slash across his body, a magnifying glass with a red handle caught behind the person's ear, a giant green question mark with a large check in front of it on the handle of the magnifying glass, a big red sun creating a red glow on the top of the question mark, an archery target with a red slash across it caught in the sun's rays, an arrow sticking out the top of the target, a green plus sign balanced on the center of the shaft of the arrow, and a huge black rock on top of the plus sign.
As part of the Whysman Festival, established by his family, there are schools' projects developing across the west coast and a massive question mark - currently being fabricated by Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow - is to be hung from the Finnieston Crane in coming weeks.
There is a serious question mark over the conviction.
This step had raised a question mark on the status of parliament, they added.

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