כאן

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Hebrew[edit]

Adjective[edit]

כאן (kán)

  1. Here, at this place.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The adjective use is essentially a special case of the adverb use; hence, the adjective does not change form to agree with its subject.

Adverb[edit]

כאן (kán)

  1. Here, at this place.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Unlike English, Hebrew draws an obligatory distinction between “[at] here” and “[to] here”. כאן is the former; לכאן (l'khán) is the latter.

Noun[edit]

כאן (kán?

  1. Here, this place.

Judeo-Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic كَانَ (kāna).

Verb[edit]

כאן (kāna) (impf. יכון, yakūnu)

  1. to be
    • Genesis 1:3 in Saadia Gaon's Tafsir (circa 10th century)
      ושא אללה אן יכון נור פכאן נור׃
      wašāʾa llāhu ʾan yakūnu nūrun fakāna nūrun.
      And God willed there to be light, and then there was light.