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"Which one do you want?"

Translation:ʻO ka mea hea kou makemake?

June 27, 2019



Why is kou used here instead of ʻoe? Is the sentence translating to something along the lines of "One of which is your want/desire?"


Yes, in this sentence makemake is used as a noun (desire) instead of a verb (want).


but why is it incorrect to use it as a verb like other sentences in this lesson? Not clear what the difference is. (another example had "makemake 'o ia")


It actually accepted "makemake ʻoe i ka mea hea" for me.

I am wondering now which version is more common.


Based on the discussion here this feels like it makes more sense to me, although I would really like to know which is more common too (although I guess I have to assume what they have here is, even if it is a quirk that might make seemingly less sense to learners)! :)


Why is kou before makemake here?


Wouldn't this translate better to "which one is your desire?" Isn't "kou" the possesive pronoun "your" versus the pronoun 'oe or "you" - little bit confused


Could someone please help me break down this sentence? What do mea and hea mean here, and what does ka refer to? Thanks :)


From wehewehe.org

hea...Which (in questions and after other words). Cf. ʻāhea, ināhea. Ka mea hea? Which thing? Ka manawa hea? Which time? When? Ka hale hea? Which house? (Gram. 8.5.) (PPN fea.)

mea... Thing, person, matter, stuff, object...


Could you say "'O hea kou makemake?" Or does "hea" need to explicitly refer to a noun?


Never mind, I just saw the above discussions ... I feel vindicated. Thank y’all


I have noticed that the English "you" can be translated with 'oe or kou? Why is that?


My understanding is that "you" is "'oe," and "your" is "kou." A more literal translation of this sentence is, "Which one is your desire?"

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