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First Lessons in Maori

§ 13

§ 13.

When nouns are in apposition (i.e., when a second noun is added to explain the first), repeat the preposition, etc., of the first noun with the second, and place the most general noun first, the most particular afterwards.

  • Ma tona tupuna, ma Pau, for his grandfather Pau.

In this example, tona tupuna is a more general term than Pau, and it therefore stands first: and the preposition ma is repeated with the particular name, Pau.