In my previous post I was writing about ‘A’ and ‘O’ groups, and used a little relationship chart for Aesop’s fable to illustrate it.
the tortoise and the hare
te pakiwaitara a Aesop
te pakiwaitara o te honu me te hea
The same diagram can be used for any transitive verb in it’s nominalised form to check if you’ve got your ‘A’ and ‘O’ correct.
te tuhinga a Hēni (i te reta)
te tuhinga o te reta (e Hēni)
This is how it’s used in a sentence.
A te tuhinga a Hēni i te reta, ka …
When Jane writes the letter, …
A te tuhinga o te reta (e Hēni), ka …
When the letter is written (by Jane), …
Anyway, back to ‘A’ and ‘O’. They’re such teeny-tiny words, what’s the worst that can happen if you mix them up?
I te kainga a Matiu, ka…
When Matthew had eaten, …
I te kainga o Matiu, ka…
When Matthew was eaten, …
Eat or be eaten. It’s a jungle out there.