Grammar of the New Zealand Language
Present.—Ka taka ki hea, e haere mai ana? they have reached what place as they come along?
Imperfect tense.—Rokahanga atu e au, i reira e noho ana, when I arrived he was sitting there: lit., he is sitting, &c. I mua e pai ana, formerly I liked (it): lit., I like, &c. E pai ana i mua—id. I pai ano i mua—id. Na reira i kore ai ahau e pai, that was the cause why I did not assent: lit., thence was I not, (I mean) am pleased. I ki hoki ia, a kua oti; i mea atu ia, a, tu tonu iho, he spake, and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast. Heoi ahau me tenei tamaiti, ka haere mai; I was the size of this child when I came here.
I hea koe i mua, ka kimi? where were you before that you did not look for it?
Nei hoki, kua ora, haere ana ki Taranaki, but he recovered, and went to Taranaki; kua mea atu ra hoki; e ki mai ana, why I said so, he replies, i.e., replied.
Perfect tense.—Ka wha nga wiki e ngaro ana, (or ka ngaro nei;) it has heen lost these last four weeks: lit., these Are four weeks It is lost.
I konei te kuri e kai ana, mei te huruhuru, a dog has been eating a fowl here, as we may judge from the feathers. Noku ka mate, since I have been poorly.
Pluperfect tense.—Kihai i hinga ka waiho e korua, it had not fallen when you left it, lit., it did not fall, you leave it. I a koe kua riro, after you had gone, page 157 (vid. our remarks on kua, page 153 for other examples.)
First future tense.—Ma Ngatiwhatua e takitaki to maua mate, ka ea, Ngatiwhatua will avenge our murder, (and) a satisfaction will be obtained.
Akuanei, rangona rawatia mai, e hoko ana ano koe, presently, Ishall hear that you Are Still purchasing: lit., presently, exactly as it has been heard, you are, &c.
Kua mate ahau, e ora ana ano nga rakau nei, these trees will live longer than l: lit., I died, these tree are still alive.
Second future tense.—Vid. pag. 37.