Datapoint Singapore Bazaar Malay/Existential verb and transitive possession verb

The nuclear segments of sentences denoting possession are the verb ada ‘have/possess’ and the two NPs, the possessor and the possessed. Normally, NP1 is the possessor while NP2 is the possessed item if not fronted:
POSSESSIVE SENTENCE
NP1- ada- NP2
Existential sentences use the same verb ada which can be glossed as ‘exist/be’. In
these sentences, an NP signifying the existing item follows the verb ada while another NP or PP locating the entity precedes the verb.
Alternatively, the existing entity may occur before the verb which is followed by the locative NP or PP as in buku ada atau meja [book have on table] 'The book is on the table'. Sometimes, the sentence may be without the verb ada: Kucing bawah meja [cat under table] 'The cat is under the table'.

Values

Identity

Example 67-165:
So saya mesti mahu tengok apa ada dalam.
So
so
saya
1sg
mesti
must
mahu
want
tengok
look.at
apa
what
ada
have
dalam.
inside
So I would have to see what was inside.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 135

Example 67-139:
Sini ada satu lembu sama katak.
Sini
here
ada
be
satu
one
lembu
ox
sama
with
katak.
frog
Here, there were an ox and a frog.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 135

Example 67-217:
Thailand pun ada.
Thailand
Thailand
pun
also
ada.
exist
There are also Thais.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 70

Confidence:
Very certain