Exercise Eleven

A and O categories

In the last module you learnt about some of the uses of the a and o categories. The o category is used when the possessor has, or had, no control over the relationship or is subordinate, passive or inferior to what is owned. In this exercise we will again focus on using the o category when something is part of something else.

Hei tauira:

Kua mamae ōku matimati.My fingers are sore.
I hinga te pakitara o te whare.The wall of the house collapsed.
Kua ngaro te taupoki o te pātara.The cap of the bottle is missing.
Kua wehe ngā kaitākaro o te kēmu.The players of the game have left.
Ko Mere tōku ingoa.My name is Mary.

Further explanations and exercises: Te Kākano Pukapuka Tātaki p. 16.

Whiriwhirihia te rerenga kōrero tika.
Look carefully at the use of o in all the sentences in the following exercise. Choose the most appropriate sentence.

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

TH missing button
Wiremu changing flat tyre
Tarati with cast
Miria feeding two cats
Eruera B Ball
Neihana removing lid