Answering negative questions
When addressed with a negative question, ehara or engari is used to contradict the negative while kāore, kāo, kāhore or kāre kau are used to agree with the negative question.
|Kāore āu kai?||Don't you have any food.|
|Ehara! Kei te kāinga kē.||On the contrary. It's at home.|
Notice how ehara is used to contradict the negative question.
|Kāore ā rāua tamariki?||Don't they have any children?|
|Kāhore! Kāore ā rāua tamariki.||No! They don't have any children.|
Notice how kāhore and kāore are used to agree with the negative question.
For further explanations, examples and exercises: Te Kākano p. 110; Te Kākano Pukapuka Tātaki p. 66.
Whakamāoritia ngā whakautu.
Whakatikaina ngā kupu kia tika ai te rere o ngā rerenga kōrero.
Kei wareware i a koe ngā piko, ngā tohu pātai, ngā ira kati me ngā tohutō i ngā wāhi e tika ana.
Kāore ō koutou hū?
No. We don’t have any shoes.
Kāore anō tō pūrākau kia oti te tuhi?
On the contrary! I finished writing it yesterday.
Kāore anō tō tuakana kia tae mai?
No! My older brother/sister has not yet arrived
Kāore ā rāua kararehe?
On the contrary! They have a cat.
Kāore he toa i tēnei tāone?
On the contrary! There is one shop in this town.
anō kia Kāore whiti mai rā te?
Kua Ehara! kē whiti.
ō Kāore motokā kōrua?
motokā He anō Engari! tō māua.
koe atu anō Kāore ki kia Kirikiriroa tae?
au Kāhore! Kirikiriroa tae ki atu kia anō Kāore.