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"My mother buys clothes."

Translation:Kūʻai koʻu makuahine i ka lole.

September 4, 2019



"Kū'ai ko'u makuahine i nā lole." That's my answer. The computer is giving me the points but saying that I have a typo. ka lole versus na lole. So lole is already plural buy itself? What if I like say Clotheses. Or not the clothes but " those clothes." Na lole!


Aloha e @Oceanic2 , ʻae this can be confusing at first, but this concept is actually closer to English than it seems.

Compare the two sentences in english:

  • My mother buys clothes.

  • My mother buys food.

with the following two senences:

  • My mother buys the clothes.

  • My mother buys the food(s).

The first two sentences describe, very generally, any clothes and any food (and does not necessarily imply quantity). The second two sentences describe multiple pieces of clothing and food(s) which are known based on context of the conversation. In english we can do this be adding and removing "the" and keeping the common noun in the plural.

BUT in Hawaiian, you are required to have a ka/ke/kēia/kou/etc. - class of descriptive particle before the common noun-like subject you are talking about. So instead in Hawaiian, you can use ka/ke to refer to something "in general" or nā to refer to the plural of something specific known by context in the conversation.

I hope this helps a little bit. Going into any Polynesian language from the English/Western language perspective can be challenging at first, but will become more clear.


Mahalo for sharing your wisdom. I'm going to look for all the times you helped me out and give you these the ruby lingots.


So, then, had the prompt been "My mother buys THE clothes, the correct translation would have been "Kū'ai ko'u makuahine i NĀ lole??" But if she's just buying generic clothing it's "KA lole?"


When I said "Kūʻai lole koʻu makuahine," it was marked incorrect. Either answer should be accepted for "My mother buys clothes."


"Kū'ai mai" means to buy, and "Kū'ai aku" means to sell, so why is my sentence using "Kū'ai mai" not accepted? Kū'ai mai ko'u makuahine i ka lole. Is something else wrong with it?


My answer is "Ku'ai mai ko'u makuahine i ka lole". I learned "ku'ai mai" is "buy".

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