Eat or be eaten

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.

Aesop
|
THE STORY
|
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.

Jane
|
writes
|
letter

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, …

Matthew
|
eats
|
something

I te kainga o Matiu, ka…
When Matthew was eaten, …

something
|
eats
|
Matthew

Eat or be eaten. It’s a jungle out there.

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