Since the only meaning of “has” in the dictionary is the third person singular present of have, then what meaning would “has has” have in a sentence such as:

“The defendant has has not been convicted of any other domestic violence offense”
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Hi Cairn,

“The defendant (has/ has not) been convicted of any other domestic violence offense.”

Yeh, I thought of that one possibility. It wouldn't be the first time that a questioner's quotation includes a typo, or an omission.

But then IronHelix also says 'a sentence such as' as if others like it have been seen.

And besides, where would such a statement (above) be found... in a questionnaire to the defendant's lawyer? Does that seem realistic? Or on a multiple choice English exam?
Hello davkett,

yup, it can be misleading.

yulysses: it is a fixed phrase. Imagine that you get a form to fill in where you find these two alternatives to choose from:

I have been convicted of a domestic violence offense.

I have not been convicted of a domestic violence offense.

(just put a tick next to the appropriate one)

Does it help?
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Well, davkett, I googled... and there they are:

www. douglascountywa. net/ departments

www. courts.wa.gov/forms/documents/m09_0200.doc

www. ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us/departments/ court_revised/vacate_records/order_to_vacate.pdf

Emotion: smile

Excellent! That sure makes the possibility realistic. Of course, the check-boxes have to be there, and IronHelix needs to know that it's the presence of the check-boxes that make for an appropriately rendered quotation.

Good work, Cairn. (I still enjoyed the circuitous route taken by Yulysess.)

By the way, your links didn't really work. I had to type in the URLs.
yeah, IronHelix, I stand corrected. I went, I saw, and I was conquered!

Good work, Cairn.

BTW, nice to entertain you, davkett, but you're right. I shouldn't have said ".....probably because..".

On the other hand, what about your "...from a st-stut-stuttering la-law-lawyer..".

and a quote for IronHelix's sure;

2.3 The defendant has has not been convicted of any other domestic violence offense arising out of any other incident and has has not been convicted of a new crime since the date of conviction in this matter based upon the criminal history check of the following records:
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It is probably because the noun "have" is the superordinate word (hypernym)of the words such as person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul.

“The defendant has has not been convicted of any other domestic violence offense”

“The defendant person / individual has not been convicted of any other domestic violence offense”

Yulysses - I don't understand your answer at all. Now that others have provided the explanation that the original sentence meant that you were to choose either "has" or "has not," do you still want to propose your explanation? If so, please clarify. I don't know what a hypernym or superordinate word is, but I do know that "have" is not a noun, and I can't think of any way that "has" can mean "person/individual." I'm confused. Do you want to clarify, or shall we just move on and forget this one?
it is over khoff and I stand corrected. Perhaps we were writing at the same time.


noun "have" meaning "a person who possesses great material wealth.


hypernym or superordinate word => a word that is more generic than a given word.
Hi Khoff,

Allow me to sneak in a word in response. I, being no expert on grammatical teminology, immediately upon reading Yulysess's response, went hunting for some definitions. First, I found a definition for 'have' (noun) which, to the best of my inference capabilities, was used in the sense of 'the haves and the have-nots'. Then looking up 'hypernym' and 'superordinates' began to see a kind of logic going forward. In a curious way, I liked the whole sequence of putting the argument together, and I give Yulysess the same credit I would award a Surrealist.

Also, Yulysess, you can take my first response to IronHelix as a joke. (Sorry, if it didn't cause a chuckle. It really wasn't so creative.)
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Hi Davkett,

Thanks for your arbitration award.

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