כאן

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Hebrew[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

כָּאן (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]

כָּאן (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]

כָּאן (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 yakūna nūrun fakāna nūrun.
      And God willed there to be light, and then there was light.