in te reo Māori
Column: In the previous column, on “Basic Grammar Differences”, it was stated that in only transitive verbs take passive suffixes.
This is quite true – and with most verbs in te reo, the passive voice is created simply by the addition of a suffix to the active form.
But it would probably be better to say “only transitive verbs have passive forms”, because in some cases other slight changes are also made.
If the active form of the verb has a doubled first syllable, as in titiro (“to look”), the first syllable is discarded when the passive suffix is added: tirohia (“to be viewed”).