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Re(13): 's = has
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I don't think any Listener editor has objected to using 's to mean "has" in any context.
The reservation I have, which may not have been shared by my predecessors, is the one John Tozer describes above: that "X has Y" doesn't say enough about the positions of X and Y to be meaningful. All "X has Y" really says is that Y is somehow associated with X. The interpretation that seems most justifiable is that Y is inside X, based on "has" = "holds" from Chambers, but I'd still prefer "X has Y inside" or some equivalent. The same reservation applies to any use of "have" as a non-auxiliary verb.

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