First Lessons in Maori
§ 61. Verbal clauses
§ 61. Verbal clauses.
—A verb, active in form but active or passive in sense, may be used, with or without an object or indirect object, to form a clause qualifying a noun.
He kararahe kai tangata, a man-eating beast.
Te hoiho e here mai ra, the horse tied yonder.
Descriptive details will sometimes be introduced by the use of he mea with a construction similar to the above.
Ko te matamata he mea tahu ki te ahi, the point having been set on fire.
He mea heru te mahunga, the head having been dressed with a comb.