Exercise Ten

How old?

How old? E hia ngā tau?

You have already learnt that e hia? is used to ask how many things there are. Now we can progress and learn how e hia? is also used to ask how old someone is.

Hei tauira:

E hia ō tau?How old are you?
Tekau mā rua aku tau.I'm 12 years old.
E hia ana tau?How old is he/she?
E rua tekau mā tahi ana tau.He/she is 21 years old.

Remember the rules of counting, if the number is one or 10 to 19, omit the e.
For further explanations and exercises see Te Kākano pp. 16, 23.

Whakautua ngā pātai.
Answer the questions.

Don’t forget to use commas, question marks, and fullstops and macrons where appropriate (ā,ē,ī,ō, and ū).

Wiremu right

Wiremu: 41

E hia ngā tau o Wiremu?


Eruera right

Eruera: 20

E hia ngā tau o Eruera?


Miria right

Mīria: 69

E hia ngā tau o Mīria?


Neihana right

Neihana: 8

E hia ngā tau o Neihana?


Tarati right

Tarati: 36

E hia ngā tau o Tarati?