Friday, January 20, 2006

Possessive Particles - CAN

Another particle showing possession, or ownership is can. Here are some familiar examples:

sems can - sentient being, but if you dissect this expression you have sems, mind, and can, possessing, so the definition of a sentient being is someone who owns or has a mind.

skal pa can - the fortunate one, skal pa - fortune
gangs can gyi yul - Tibet, gangs - snow, yul is usually object, but here it's location, location that has snow!
byin rlabs can - blessed, holy, byin rlabs is blessing
shes rab can - learned one, the one who possesses wisdom

Expect all kinds of other ownership-related expressions with can.

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