"Who will pay the tip?"

Translation:ʻO wai ka mea e uku i ka uku lawelawe?

June 3, 2019

3 Comments


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

Maybe they changed the content of the previous categories to include some more advanced sentence structures, but I have no idea why this is formed like this. What's the purpose of "ka mea" in this sentence?

June 3, 2019

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

(link) https://manomano.io/definition/24976

mea

-- 3 n. Person or thing that does, is, did, or was.

Perhaps:

Who is the person to pay the tip?

Who is the one to pay the tip?

ʻO wai / Who is

ka mea e uku / the person to pay

i ka uku lawelawe? / the tip?

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abelon5

Chasavaqe, I was wondering the same thing. "Ka mea" usually indicates a thing such as "ka mea pa'ani" the play-thing, or the toy. "Ka mea" here is used with 'O wai, a person. Of course, I see no problem with "'O wai e uku..." which says "Who to pay." Stating it that way eliminates the "ka mea" but seems to be the same expression.

July 29, 2019
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