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"Do it neatly."

Translation:E maiau ka hana.

December 14, 2019



Previous lesson it's : E hana maiau. Any difference?


I could be wrong but I don’t think there’s a real difference in meaning. Just a great example of how you can use the same word (maiau) as a verb or an adverb in Hawaiian.


Why is there no "i" before "ka hana"?


This is my question as well. I can see either “e hana maiau” or “e maiau i ka hana”. But this sentence as-is seems to make the work be the piko/subject.


It's because ka hana is the subject. If ka hana was in a prepositional phrase, or a direct object then it would be marked with "i" or some other preposition.


How's ka hana The subject tho?


E = suggestive marker

maiau = to be neat

ka hana = the work

should be neat the work

This phrasing focuses on the result and de-emphasizes the agent (person addressed). You would use this phrasing when talking to someone of higher status, someone that you don't have the power to command or if you wanted to use a polite tone.

In contrast you could use a direct and explicit command "E hana maiau ('oe)" to those that you do have the power to command.

Since we don't have context in the prompt, and this more soft translation is accepted, the direct translation should also be accepted.

See HklaniClee's translation in Ctxkh1Me's post.


Mahalo nui loa for this excellent explanation. It really helps.



[PE] 1 vs Neat and careful in work; skillful, ingenious, expert; correct, careful, as in speech; thorough, meticulous tidy, dainty.



There is the only one phrase, that helps me to feel and take it: E kani ka pila. No explanation, just a pattern.


Fortunately, the first time I encountered the sentence, it was the Hawaiian version asking for the English translation. The meaning and intent of the Hawaiian sentence is easy to understand, so following the jump from the Hawaiian E maiau ka hana to the English "do it neatly" is much easier than the other way around. HklaniClee's translation "the work should be neat" is more literal and would be easier to figure out.

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