I think I remember this being covered in sixth grade.
“Has” has two meanings that come to mind:
- Possessing something. He has a book.
- Having an obligation. He has to read the book.
These two versions of “has” are pronounced differently.
- The final “s” in the possession version is voiced. Like a “z.”
- The final “s” in the obligation version is unvoiced, um, like an “s.”
This leads to kids sometimes trying to show the difference with spelling; hence today’s quote:
I came up with a new strip idea that pretty much hast to run today.
I can’t give you a useful link to the page, so I’ll just mention that the writer is John Kovalic, the cartoonist who writes and draws Dork Tower.
I don’t know whether he was being cute, not thinking, or he can’t spell. Since he’s a pro, I’m inclined to think it was deliberate.
But don’t you do it!