I pēhea? What was it like?
You have previously learnt how to ask how one or more people is or are by saying “Kei te pēhea kōe/kōrua/koutou? The sentence structure you are about to learn builds on this. You have just learnt that I is used to denote the past tense, therefore, I pēhea is used to ask how something was. Look at the following examples:
|I pēhea tō moe? ||How was your sleep?|
|I pēhea te kanikani? ||How was the dance?|
|I pēwhea te kēmu?||How was the game?|
When answering this type of question there are many different answers you could reply with. Look at the following examples:
|I pēhea te kēmu?||How was the game?|
|He tino pai.||Very good.|
|I pēhea te kanikani?||How was the dance?|
|I pēwhea tō whakamātautau?||How was your test?|
|Āhua pai tonu.||Quite good.|
|I pēwhea tō rā, inanahi?||How was your day, yesterday?|
|Te mutunga kē mai o te koretake.||It couldn't have been worse.|
Further explanations and examples: Te Kākano p.32
Pātai atu ki ngā tāngata o Te Whanake, “I pēhea tō ...?” Ka puta mai te pātai Pākehā.
Ask the Te Whanake characters “How was your...?” The question to ask will appear under the character.