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First Lessons in Maori

§ 30. With Nouns

§ 30. With Nouns.

i. When used in immediate connexion with a noun, let kotahi stand for one, not tahi, and put e before the other numerals from two to nine.

Examples.
  • He tangata kotahi, one man.

  • Nga whare e toru, the three houses.

  • Nga tao e wha tekau, the forty spears.

  • He waka kotahi tekau ma rua, twelve canoes.

  • Mo etahi waka kotahi tekau ma rua, for twelve canoes.

ii. In speaking of persons the numerals from rua to iwa inclusive, the interrogative hia, and the adjective maha, have toko- prefixed instead of e.

Examples.
  • Tokohia? how many? (i.e., persons).

  • Nga tangata tokoiwa, the nine men.

  • He tokomaha ratou, they are many.