... of statutes, the courts shall look diligently for the intention of the General Assembly."  In so doing,
"the ordinary signification shall be applied to all words."  Where the language of a statute is
plain and susceptible to only one natural and reasonable construction, courts must ...
... 1. We must note initially that "construction of a contract is a question of law for the court." OCGA Â§
13-2-1. Thus, "[t]he construction of the provisions of this lease, as with other contracts, is generally
one for the court to determine as a matter of law," Peachtree on Peachtree ...
... In construing this statute,. we apply the fundamental rules of statutory construction that require
us to construe [the] statute according to its terms, to give words their plain and ordinary meaning,
and to avoid a construction that makes some language mere surplusage. ...
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