The first “i” before the verb indicates the past tense in a negative sentence
Ohhh I see. So would present tense would be:
A'ole au 'oka i kēlā
Mahalo! That explains a lot!
Wow. The more lessons go by the more complicated this language gets!! (or at least not like any Western language (including Russian!)
Why is "I don't order that" not acceptable?
For reason given in the first comment I think? (that the "i 'oka" is past tense?)
Yes. The ua changes to i in the negative. See for more:
Right, I was wondering what part of the sentence makes it have to be translated as the past tense. It seems like the course has generally been translating it as the past if there is "ua".
Since your sentence is a negative in the present tense, use "e" before the verb.
Got it! Mahalo :)