te reo Māori a bit tricky
David Karena-Holmes is a Nelson-based writer and tutor of grammar in te reo Māori.
COLUMN: In the last column the focus was on the verb particles. These are nine structural words, any one of which, when accompanying a verb, indicates exactly how the verb is to be interpreted.
The short sentence Kia tūpato / kei hinga / koe. (“Be careful / lest fall / you” or “Take care you don’t fall”) illustrates this principle with two verb particles: kia, signifying that the speaker wishes something to be so, and kei, sometimes called “precautionary”, or “warning”.
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