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).