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Grammar of the New Zealand Language

Chapter IV. — Of the Adjective

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Chapter IV.
Of the Adjective.

Maori adjectives have no peeuliar or appropriate form. They know no distinction of gender, number, case, or comparison.

In common with substantives, adjectives admit often of reduplication to denote repetition, or many things of the same kind, &c.—vid. eb. 3, number § 8., e. g.

  • Mahi kakata, a frequent laughing.

  • He rakau kikino kau, they are all bad trees.

Note.—Comparison in Maori is formed by periphrasis, for which vid. S.