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"ʻEkolu kaikamahine hānai a koʻu makuahine."

Translation:My mother has three adopted daughters.

August 12, 2019



Oh wait - that was "...has three adopted..." I read it as "... has adopted three..." Starting to think I'm dyslexic these days. E kala mai.


Okay I give up. What is the indication of the perfect tense that requires an auxiliary verb? Because I totally missed it. E kokua mai?


Yes. The "a" is listed as a possessive. My mother's... So how do we get "has"?


"A" functions "of my mother." A-class possessive. We add "has" to make it sound like English. [Three daughters adopted] [belonging to] [my mother]

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