"ʻEhiku papa heʻe nalu o Kaleo."

Translation:Kaleo has seven surfboards.

March 22, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mak511906

Why is this not the simple phrase "Kaleo's 7 surfboards?"


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

Pepeke Nonoʻa Me Ka Huahelu

Possessive sentences with numbers (Having / possessing a number of something)

(Number) Thing being possessed + (o/a) Thing/person possessing it

ʻElima..................pāpale.........................o...................kēlā wahine.

Five.......................hats............................of..................that woman.

That woman has five hats.

ʻEhiku.................. papa heʻe nalu.......... o................. Kaleo.

Seven..................surfboards..................of.................Kaleo.

Kaleo has seven surfboards.

(This is one of the sentence patterns for telling the amount of things someone has.)

ʻElima pāpale o kēlā wahine. = That woman has five hats.

Ka Leo ʻŌiwi | Episode 12

Look at the time segment [7:30] to [9:16] in the Hawaiian language video. Perhaps it will help you out.

Link: https://youtu.be/yRNJpx4p9cQ


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

Mahalo, that video was very helpful.


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

Possessive sentences with numbers

(Possible question) ʻEhia papa heʻe nalu o Kaleo? = How many surfboards does Kaleo have?

ʻEhiku papa heʻe nalu o Kaleo. = Kaleo has seven surfboards.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kresimir809010

Ok, but how will it then be if we wanted to say "Kaleo's seven surfboards"?


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

It - the actual words - is the same as far as I know. But that is not an English sentence on its own. You can say “Kaleo’s seven surfboards are red” - ‘Ula’ula ‘ehiku papa he’e nalu o Kaleo. But in Hawaiian it is a sentence on its own, and it indicates possession or in general relationship. This is Ka Pepeke Nono’a. Read about it here:

https://hawaiian-grammar.org/current/#h.bacwgwwn64oj

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