# "His doctor's appointment is on which date?"

## Translation:Aia kona hālāwai kauka ma ka lā ʻehia?

December 13, 2018

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Is there any rule on when you can put "ma ka lā 'ehia" right after "aia" and when you have to put it at the end of the question?

"ma ka lā 'ehia" = on which date "ka Pō'ahia" = on which DAY OF THE WEEK

I got THAT ONE figured out! wee-hoooo! ;)

What are the rules as to when 'ehia is used versus po'ahia?

ʻehia = date (1st, 2nd,3rd etc)
poʻahia = day (monday, tuesday etc)

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Iʻm trying to figure out these various "on which date" sentences. In the real world, could I also phrase this, ʻO ka lā ʻehia (Subject: which date) i kona hālāwai kauka (is his doctor(ʻs) appointment)? If not, for extra credit, any inputs as to why itʻs wrong?

This question does not fit the ʻO equational pattern. @jdmcowan explains: Because it's indicating a location in time, not a time equivalence. In other words, the "is" here is not saying the two things are one in the same, but rather that you are indicating when or where something is happening.

So in an earlier lesson there was a sentence: "Aia ma ka lā ʻehia ka (event)?" I copied it down ton remember it. Now I'm told that sentence order is wrong!

Typically the order is Aia ka (event) ma ka lā ʻehia, but Iʻve seen/heard examples of the order being switched as you point out.

Why is it ‘o’ class not ‘a’ class for kona? Mahalo.

why "aia kona" instead of "o kona"?

Because it's indicating a location in time, not a time equivalence. In other words, the "is" here is not saying the two things are one in the same, but rather that you are indicating when or where something is happening.