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This character originally has no meaning of possessive.

I have it on good authority that it does. If not, can you tell me which kanji was/were used for the possessive "no" before hiragana was standardized for the use of particles and okurigana? — Hippietrail 15:27, 3 Jul 2004 (UTC)
/ are used for possessive "の". Japanese is the language that distinguish long and short vowel. 能 is always long, possessive "の" is always short.
I am open to being wrong if it's discussed. I don't know very much about Japanese after all. Here is part of a reply I received today, before I started posting changes to Wiktionary, in answer to a question of mine, on the topic of Korean and Japanese particles before Hangul and Hiragana:
"I should point out, though, that some spellings were much more common in

Japanese than others: e.g., no was normally 能, though other spellings existed ()." (Marc Miyake

I actually expected 之 to be the answer but since he has a phd in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese linguistics, I've just taken his word for it. I wasn't worried by the vowel length since I'm used to kanji having several different readings anyway. — Hippietrail 16:09, 3 Jul 2004 (UTC)

"To can"[edit]

Is "to can" proper grammar? It sounds quite strange, as opposed to just the bare "can". Audacity (talk) 04:32, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Fixed. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 04:41, 19 January 2015 (UTC)