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  5. "He is a farmer."

"He is a farmer."

Translation:He mahiʻai ʻo ia.

May 28, 2019



Is " 'o ia " interchangeable with he AND she?


Yes. It does not indicate the gender of the person and is used to refer to both male and female. Many languages do not bother to differentiate male and female in their pronouns and it's not really important to be able to even though English makes a big deal of it.


Why 'o before ia ?


When you use ia as the subject of a sentence, you must use ‘o before it. It's just a rule. It also applies to using names as the subject.

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