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Page 20 of A Deepness in the Sky:

"Tas been done often enough afore, dontcha know? Get ‘em when they don’t know technology—or haven’t yet rebuilt it,” said Brughel.

What does "Tas" mean?

  • Very interestingly TAS is a utensil which is used to drink homemade cold beverage or water in the region of India and Pakistan. ![something like this](i.stack.imgur.com/EP4Za.jpg) I know it is not the right answer. Just adding it for general knowledge. – nainometer May 25 '16 at 5:44
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    I felt that my answer was pretty comprehensive. Is there anything else you'd like to see me address before considering an acceptance? – Valorum Jul 1 '16 at 22:08
  • @GuilhermeWooley: As per Valorum's question, can anything be added to this? – FuzzyBoots Sep 18 '17 at 23:20
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For clarity, this word should probably have had an apostrophe, indicating that the word is a contraction of "It has"

"It has been done often enough before, don't you know. Get them when they do not know technology, or have not yet rebuilt it"

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    It has --> 'T 'as --> Tas – user32390 May 24 '16 at 22:26
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    So it's the present perfect tense of 'tis. – Matt Gutting May 25 '16 at 0:36
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    Depending on the context from the previous sentence, it could be "that's" too. – Kevin May 25 '16 at 4:23
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    I read this book recently and I read it as "that's" – The Giant of Lannister May 1 '17 at 13:38

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