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Which order does an "don't want/like" sentence go in?

Why is it that sometimes the Hawaiian translation of the beginning of a "doesn't want/like" sentences is "ʻAʻole [noun subject] makemake" and sometimes "ʻAʻole makemake [noun subject]"? I try to figure out which way it goes, but when I get it wrong it counts it wrong instead of doing it's usual "Another way you could say this is:" thing so there must be a specific way it's supposed to go. Is there a good rule of thumb to tell which order a sentence goes in?

April 4, 2019

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In a positive sentence, the subject goes after the verb whether it is a pronoun, a proper noun, or a common noun. When you add 'A'ole to the beginning to make it negative, a pronoun is, instead, placed after the 'A'ole, but before the verb. However, I believe proper nouns and common nouns are still placed after the verb. So the two options are "'A'ole [subject pronoun] makemake" or "'A'ole makemake [proper or common subject noun]".

April 5, 2019
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