Subject: Re: The worm turns...
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 00:18:12 -0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Thien-Thi Nguyen  <> wrote:
| Will Deakin <> writes:
| > Yes. I would say that the `haven't to do x' is the opposite of `have
| > to do x' and means 'must not do x.'
| probably you mean "need not do x":
|   i haven't a thing to do today.
|   ===
|   i need not do anything today.  

I agree. To my ear [raised in southeastern U.S.], "haven't to do x"
means "I have no obligation to do X" or even "X is not one of the
things I have in my list of things to do". Ditto "don't have to do X".

To me, the command negative of "have to do X" is "must not do X".


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