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Re(4): 's = has

I don't follow you, Anax. I am not referring to 'is' at all, I am referring to Andy's question of whether or not 'Nick's' can mean 'Nick has' when there is no main verb. The apostrophe s could represent the possessive or the auxiliary verb 'has'. 'Nick's home' is conveying the possessive but just saying that it is his home. 'Nick has home' is what is needed for the cryptic to say what it means. The question being raised is whether or not the apostrophe s can mean that, i.e. 'has' in the main verb sense as opposed to the auxiliary sense.


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