3b Sentences Using E hia and Tokohia
Hia = How many
E hia = refers to things, objects
Tokohia = refers to people only.
Special note - do not use E hia for people, doing this is like saying that people are things.
If the answer is between 2 and 9
E hia nga manu? - How many birds are there?
E rua nga manu. - There are two birds.
Tokohia nga tangata? - How many people are there?
Tokorua nga tangata. - There are two people.
Any answer with 10 or higher, the e or the toko gets dropped.
There are 10 people - Tekau nga tangata
There are 10 cats - Tekau nga ngeru
Any answer with 1 object, the E becomes "Ko"
E hia nga Manu? - How many birds are there?
There is one bird. - Kotahi te manu?
When using E hia (for objects) the words are written as two words and when using Tokohia (for people) the word is written as one. In the answers the hia gets replaced by the number.
We have learnt that te or nga is the, yet you will notice that the word the is not in the English, but you must put the te or nga in the Maori, as this shows singular or plural.
The question will always have nga in it.
You must spell the number out in the answers for example ono instead of 6
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