First Lessons in Maori
§ 64. The Verb ai, “there is,” “it is,” etc
§ 64. The Verb ai, “there is,” “it is,” etc.
E ai ki tana, or E ai tana, according to his (saying) it is, i.e., he says.
E ai ta wai? Who says so?
Ka ai he toki mana, there is an axe for him, i.e., he has an axe.
Me e ai ana he toki. if there were an axe.
2. Future (contingent).
Ki te ai he toki, if there should be an axe.
3. Future (consequential).
Kia ai he toki, let there be an axe, i.e., when, or, as soon as there is an axe.
4. Future (deprecatory).
Kei ai he toki, lest there should be an axe.