How to Phrase Possessive Samoan Statements

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In English we’d say Sam’s bike

In Samoan it’s The bike of Sam or o le uila a Sam

In English we’d say Sam’s house

In Samoan it’s the house of Sam or O le fale o Sam

Sam’s car

The car of Sam or O le ta’avale a Sam

Sams mother, 

The mother of Sam or o le tina o sam

You get the point.

If you notice, in Some of these we say “a Sam” and other times it’s “o Sam”

The difference is in the type of possession we’re talking about

just like la’u and lo’u, they both mean “my” but whether we say la’u or lo’u depends on whether it’s an A class possession or o class possession

A bike is a-class, O le uila a Sam

A house is o-class, O le fale o Sam

A car is a-class, O le ta’avale a Sam

A mother is o-class, O le tina o Sam

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