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Whatʻs the difference between i and ma?

  • Aia au ma ka hale
  • Aia au i ka hale

Whatʻs the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

October 14, 2018


  • Aia au i ka hale = I am in the house

  • Aia au ma ka hale = I am at home

So 'i' is for the more general house (i = the (house))

So 'ma' is for the more specific house (ma = my (house) = home)


To follow up, between

Noho au i Honolulu. Noho au ma Honolulu.

Which is preferred for "I live in Honolulu."?

Additionally, would you say

Noho au i O'ahu ma Honolulu. (I live in Honolulu on O'ahu.)



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