Exercise Four

Using ana for exclamations

Kānapanapa mai ana te wai
Using ana for exclamations

Ana can be used as a mild exclamation. When ana is used, e does not precede the verb. Generally ana used in this way can be translated as ‘indeed’. Check out the following examples.

Hei tauira:

Koretake ana ngā kaikanikani nei!These dancers are indeed useless!
Nanakia ana ngā kōtiro rā ki te waiata.Those girls are awesome singers.
Reka ana te kakara o ngā putiputi.The flowers smell so sweet.

For further explanations and examples see Te Pihinga p. 126

Whakamāoritia ngā rerenga kōrero nei.
Translate these sentences.

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

How cold it is outside.

How strongly the bird flies.

The child is terrible about eating sweets.

How horrible the wētā of the forest are.

How tasty my icecream is.

How dark Wednesday night is.

How full the swimming pool is with people.

What a bother it is having to feed your dog.