Exercise Twelve

Asking How Many

'Asking how many': E hia?

E hia? is used to ask how many things there are.

Hei tauira:
a E hia ō ngeru?
How many cats do you have?
E rua aku ngeru.
I have two cats.

e E hia ana pene?
How many pens does he/she have?
E iwa ana pene.
She/He has nine pens.

Remember that ‘e’ is used only if the word for the number (or the first word of the number) has only one long vowel or two short vowels. If the answer begins with the numbers kotahi (one) or tekau (10) omit the ‘e’. With kotahi remember to use te rather than ngā.

Hei tauira:

a E hia ō whare?
How many houses do you have?
Kotahi taku whare.
I have one house.

e E hia ō kau?
How many cows do you have?
Tekau mā rua aku kau.
I have twelve cows.

Whakautua ngā pātai.

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

Two Cats

E hia ngā ngeru?

One Basketball Final

E hia ngā paoro?

7 lollies final

E hia ngā rare?

10 Cows Final

E hia ngā kau?

1 house Final

E hia ngā whare?

Birdy In Birdy Cage Final

E hia ngā manu?

10 Paua Final

E hia ngā pipi?

Neihana Trucks Final

E hia ngā taraka?