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Re: Online Klingon Language Course

jatlh De'vID:
>When you "own" something you "possess" it.  But when you "possess" 
>something you don't necessarily "own" it.  That is, "possess" has
>multiple meanings one of which is "own", but it doesn't necessarily
>have that meaning, and a word meaning "possess" in another language
>from English might not carry the same set of meanings.  I think the 
>point being made here is that there is no canon for interpretating 
><ghaj> to mean "possess (in the sense of own)", only "possess
>(in the sense of have)".

What you are saying, IOW, is that "own" is a subset of "possess." If this is 
true, than one can use the word "possess" wherever one can use the word 
"own." For example:

I own a house.
I possess a house.
juH vIghaj.

The emperor owns this ship.
The emperor possesses this ship.
Dujvam ghaj voDleH.

The owner dislikes you.
The possessor dislikes you.
Dupar ghajwI'.

(Note that "have" could be substituted for "own" or "possess" in any of these 
examples: "I have a house," "The emperor has this ship," and "The haver 
dislikes you." Of course, "haver" isn't really a word, but you know what I 

- DujHoD

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