Making negative sentences using ehara in Te Reo Māori

NB:  Unfortunately this flashcard plugin doesn’t allow me to add macrons and I haven’t yet found a better replacement so to help with the correct pronunciation, with the Te Reo Māori words I’ve doubled all the vowels that  should have a macron (tuhoto).

  • Use the negative formula ... ehara ... i te or i a with ....
    "any phrase beginning with ko, na, no and he"
  • Use ehara ... i a (instead of i te) with ...
    peoples names
  • Is that Eru?
    Ko Eru teeraa?
  • Thats not Eru.
    Ehara teera i a Eru.
  • Eru is a teacher.
    He kaiako a Eru.
  • Eru is not a firefighter.
    Ehara a Eru i te tangata tinei ahi.
  • Eru and Tiff are teachers.
    He kaiako a Eru raaua ko Tiff.
  • Evan and Tiff are not firefighters.
    Ehara Eru raaua ko Tiff i te taangata tinei ahi.
  • Is Eru a policeman?
    He pirihimana a Eru?
  • Eru is not a policeman.
    Ehara a Eru i te pirihimana.
  • That is a dog.
    He kurI teeraa
  • That is not a dog.
    Ehara teeraa i te kurI.
  • Those are dogs.
    He kurI eeraa.
  • Those are not dogs.
    Ehara eeraa i te kurI
  • This is a bad book.
    He pukapuka kino tEnei.
  • This is not a bad book.
    Ehara teenei i te pukapuka kino.
  • These are bad books.
    He pukapuka kikino Enei.
  • These are not bad books.
    Ehara eenei i te pukapuka kikino.
  • That meal is hot.
    He wera teenaa kai.
  • That meal is not hot.
    Ehara teenaa kai i te wera.
  • Those plates are hot.
    He wera eenaa pereti.
  • Those plates are not hot.
    Ehara eenaa pereti i te wera.
  • This is a hard job.
    He mahi uaua tEnei.
  • This isnt a hard job.
    Ehara teenei i te mahi uaua.
  • That woman is the boss.
    Ko teeraa wahine te rangatira.
  • That woman is not the boss.
    Ehara teera wahine i te rangatira.
  • Thats him.
    Ko ia teera.
  • Thats not him.
    Ehara teeraa i a ia.
  • Thats a good house.
    He whare pai teeraa.
  • Thats not a good house.
    Ehara teeraa i te whare pai.
  • These potatoes are rotten.
    He pirau eenei riwai.
  • These potatoes are not rotten.
    Ehara teenei riwai i te pirau.
  • This is a kiwi.
    He kiwi teera manu.
  • This is not a kiwi.
    Ehara teera manu i te kiwi.
  • That cat belongs to that girl.
    Na te kootiro ra teeraa ngeru.
  • That cat does not belong to that girl.
    Ehara teera ngeru i te kootiro ra.
  • That house is the teachers.
    No te kaiako teeraa whare.
  • That house is not the teachers.
    Ehara teeraa whare i te kaiako.
  • He tangata pai a Haami?
    Is Haami a good man?
  • Haami is not a good man.
    Ehara a Haami i te tangata pai.
  • Is this Mihis?
    No Mihi teenei?
  • That is not Mihis.
    Ehara i a Mihi teenaa.

Grammar notes:   Ehara …. i te / a   is used to negate any phrase beginning with ko, na, no, or any article (eg. he) or definitive.

Use ehara … i a with personal names.