Grammar of the New Zealand Language
Of the Possessive Pronouns
Of the Possessive Pronouns.
As the possessive pronouns are closely connected with the personal, they may be mentioned next.
|Toku, or tāku, or tăku, my.||Oku, āku, or ăku, my.|
|Tou, to, or tau. thy.||Ou, o, au, thy|
|Tona, tāna, or tăna, his.||Ona, āna, ăna, his.|
The other possessive pronouns are formed from the dual and plural of their respective pronouns by prefixing o; e.g.,
|o taua, of us two.||o tatou, our.|
|o maua, of us two.||o matou, our.|
|o korua, of you two.||o koutou, your.|
|o raua, of them two.||o ratou, their.|
Such words as himself, his own, my own, &c., are expressed in Maori by some adverb added in the sentence; e g., Nona ake ano tona aroha ki a tatou, his love to us was his own; i. e., was self-derived.
The adverbs most usually employed for this purpose are ake, ano, noa, iho, tonu.