I came across sentences like this a number of times, and every time this very question I am asking now came to mind. Now, here goes...
Example: Let's say in an elementary physics book you are taught how to make a siphon, and then the last sentence goes like this sentence given below. For those eager to know what siphon is, please don't bother, answer the question at hand ;-)
... and then you can make your own siphon
Does this sentence mean something like this?
... then you can make a siphon which will be your own
To me it sounds silly and I don't think this is what the sentence means anyway. What I understand from the sentence is something more like this
... and then you can make a siphon on your own
Meaning that you have learned how to make a siphon and you can now make a siphon by yourself. It does not say anything about who will possess the siphon you make once you make it. This is the sense I take from sentences like this. My question is am I right to take this meaning, or the first meaning is to be understood? Thank you.