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"He is the opponent today."

Translation:ʻO ia ka hoa paio i kēia lā.

December 24, 2019



I made the same error, using "He". Perhaps because this is more definitive - he is THE opponent, not just A/AN opponent. So the sentence starts with " 'O ia" to make that clear. (?)


"He hoa paio 'o ia i kēia lā." means "He is an opponent today". " ʻO ia ka hoa paio i kēia lā." "He is the opponent today".


Why not "He koa paio 'o ia i keia la"?


"hoa" not "koa" and yes I thought the same. I believe thatʻs correct but not exactly what the owl was looking for.


Are there clues to help us guess what the pueo wants?


The clue I missed was “the opponent “. Vs. “ a opponent “

Ka hoa paio Vs He hoa paio


We cannot use "He" in the beginning. If we use "He", it would mean "he is AN opponent today" rather than "he is THE opponent".


Why does he automatically precede the opponent? Why is it wrong to have written "Ka hoa paio 'o i ēia lā"?


Equational sentences (x is y) begin with ʻO to mark them as such. You could write ʻO ia ka hoa paio "she is the opponent" as ʻo ka hoa paio ʻo ia, but it requires the additional ʻo; likewise for a personal noun, such as Kaʻiulani. It's easier to simply start with ʻo ia.


Mahalo for the lucid explanation.

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