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"The dog does not want the ball."

Translation:ʻAʻole makemake ka ʻīlio i ke kinipōpō.

August 30, 2019



Why is it that you can say, "'a'ole 'o ia makemake..." but it's incorrect to say, "'a'ole ka 'ilio makemake..." ? Can anyone explain this?


Aloha e @ShaSha, you will notice that ma ka ʻōlelo hawaiʻi, "pronouns" are treated very differently from other words, as a group. This is an example of a situation where they are different. In negative sentences, the pronoun "jumps" up before the action. Hope this helps a bit.


It's all about the pronoun. Negatives don't change order just for nouns.


Does someone know why is "'o" not used here preceding 'ilio?


Aloha e @Whale_kai , remember that " ʻo " is really only used before a "proper-noun"-like word... So if you were saying that "Kai wants the ball" (A person named Kai), then that would have the " ʻo " preceding "Kai" as in

  • Makemake ʻo Kai i ke kinipōpō.

... to say "The person wants the ball." we would have:

  • Makemake ke kanaka i ke kinipōpō.

I hope this helps a bit!


Can one say, Mai make make ka ‘īlio i ke kinipōpō?


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