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"E uku ʻo Kaʻiulani i ka pila."

Translation:Kaʻiulani should pay the bill.

April 10, 2019

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

Is Uku always "should pay," and never just "pays?


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

Uku is "pays." E uku is "should/will/is expected to pay."


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

Is EXPECTED to pay?! Wow! That's pretty presumptuous! Mahalo nui for that perspective!


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

The pros (Pukui and Elbert) make "e" a marker of imperative or exhortative mood. My amateur take is that it means "Here's what better happen:" E uku 'oe, You better pay/Pay! E uku kāua, We ought to pay/Let's pay. E uku 'o ia, She should pay.

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