"The mango is what I want."

Translation:ʻO ka manakō koʻu makemake.

December 4, 2018

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Is mango an "a" type possession, not an "o" type possession?

December 4, 2018

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I wonder if makemake uses the o form even though food is a form? Thereʻs a translation on the Ulukau link taken from the book Hawaiian Grammar that also shows "Nani ʻino kuʻu makemake!" Pg 90 you prolly know already that kuʻu is the endearing form

December 31, 2018

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Since the speaker does not possess ka manakō, wouldnʻt it have to be an o-class?

January 15, 2019

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No. Possession classes are based on the type of object being discussed, not based on whether anyone actually possesses it. O-class possessions are things you were born with, things that you cannot change, and things you can climb into or on top of. U-class possessions are things that are extremely intimate, such as a lover. A-class possessions are things you acquire throughout life, including money and children. I feel like mangoes are acquired during your life.

January 15, 2019

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That is a very good explanation. Info on possessives seems hard to pin down. Iʻve got an explanation for 0-possessives (thatʻs a zero or null symbol) and N-possessives (neither which Iʻve yet read) but I have nothing on U-possessives. Iʻm sure all these will come up eventually as DL ʻŌlelo continues to develop or I get around to reading about them. Have a lingot.

January 15, 2019
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