Ehara tēnei i te mahi uaua
Saying what something is not
You have already been introduced to some ways to negate a sentence, now you will learn another way. Affirmative sentences starting with He or Ko are usually negated with Ehara. Take a look at the following examples and take note of the change of word order.
|He rangi tino ātaahua tēnei.
|This is a very beautiful day.
|Ehara tēnei i te rangi tino ātaahua.
|This is not a very beautiful day.
|He tangata weriweri ia.
|He is a an ugly person.
|Ehara ia i te tangata weriweri.
|He is not an ugly person.
|He tamariki haututū ērā.
|Those are mischievous children.
|Ehara ērā tamariki i te haututū.
|Those are not mischievous children.
|Ko Mīria te kuia o Neihana.
|Mīria is Neihana’s grandmother.
|Ehara a Mīria i te kuia o Neihana.
|Mīria is not Neihana’s grandmother.
|Ko koe te kaiwaiata mō te ope nei.
|You are the singer for this group.
|Ehara koe i te kaiwaiata mō te ope nei,
|You are not the singer for this group.
|Ko tēnei te rā whakamutunga o te Koroneihana.
|This is the last day of the Coronation.
|Ehara tēnei i te rā whakamutunga o te Koroneihana.
|This is not the last day of the Coronation.
Whakakīa ngā āputa kia tika ai te whakakāhoretanga o ngā rerenga kōrero.
Fill the gaps so that the negative sentences are correct.
Don’t forget to use commas, question marks, and fullstops and macrons where appropriate (ā,ē,ī,ō, and ū).