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"There are ten black dogs on the playground."

Translation:Aia ʻumi ʻīlio ʻeleʻele i ka pā pāʻani.

December 10, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessicaEnn6

Does anyone have a tip to remember when to use i ka and when to use ma ka?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rabelon

Generally, "i" is dynamic and "ma" is static. "i" implies "to" or "of." Whereas "ma" implies "in" or "at."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PooAyOh

In this case it's "on", yes? And then when you hover over "on" in the sentence, the translations given are "i", "ma", and "no". Can you recommend another online resource for grammar, by chance?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rabelon

I agree with you. Thanks for finding this. There is another prompt E hele i uka that also deals with this. Ma and i are often interchangeable and I believe this is an excellent example of that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldMath4

An obvious part of it is use "i" if you're talking about doing something to it. My impression for "ma" is that it likes places in static situations, "is ... there," but not "goes there." Guessing, as usual. Took Hwn 102, 201, 202 at UH 39 years ago, but don't even remember "ma."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldMath4

Apparently this could be an answer to "'Ehia ʻīlio ʻeleʻele i ka pā pāʻani," without the leading "Aia"? Like another sentence in this lesson for translation to English, "ʻEhia keiki nuha ma ka pā pāʻani?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MojaveMama

Aia ʻumi ʻilio ʻeleʻele ma ka pā pāʻani. is accepted.

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