Can someone give me a good explanation on A-Class and O-Class?
I'd just like to know if it's a gender, or how it affects nouns or how can I even tell which is which. I just need a simple, but thorough explanation on what I need to know about it as a learner of Hawaiian. Mahalo!
O-class items are those things that are acquired by fate and cannot be changed by your effort. For example, your family and your name are o-class nouns. You were born with these things and cannot be changed. Other o-class nouns are things that you can climb into, or get on top of. So so house and car are o-class items. All others, including things that are aquired in life, are A-class nouns. So money, children, and books are A-class. And lastly, there are U-class items which are things that are extremely intimate to the possessor. This class is rare and applies almost exclusively to lovers.