"My homework is finished."

Translation:Ua paʻa ka haʻawina.

August 22, 2019



Why pa'a instead of pau?

August 22, 2019


Aloha e @BarbaraLea954887 , this is a very good question. This lies in the distinction in Hawaiian between something that has been completed (like a task, an action), and something that is fully completed and done (extinguished like a fire in a forest).

That being said, I could see either being used, but with homework, this is a recurring action, it isnʻt really a type of work that has the finality attached in general to it to justify using "Pau". If it was your last homework for a class that is ending or for the last day of High School, for example, it would be known from context that "Pau" would be appropriate. As usual, another ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi case where context is everything haha ^_^;

I hope this helps a bit!! E holomua kākou!

August 23, 2019
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