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A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language, with English and Samoan vocabulary

6. Adverbs

6. Adverbs

Some adverbs are formed from adjectives; as muliaʻi, last, from mulimuli; muaʻi, first, from muamua; matuaʻi, exceedingly, from matua. Adjectives themselves are used as adverbs; as ʻua maʻi tele ʻo ia, he is very ill.

  • iʻinei, here; o iʻinei le tama, the boy is here.

  • iʻila, there; o loʻo iʻila le mea, the thing is there.

  • iʻo, yonder; ma te o iʻo, we go yonder.

  • nei, now; ua oʻu sau nei, I have come now.

  • io, ioe, e, yes.

  • e leai, iʻai, no.

  • soʻo, often; ua maʻi soʻo, he is often sick.

  • oi, yes (to a call).

  • afea? when? e te alu afeu? when will you go?

  • anafea? when? (past); na oti anafea o ia, when did he die?

  • ʻo fea? i fea? where?

  • analeila, just now; na ma o mai analeila, we came just now.

  • nanei, presently.

  • talu, since; talu ananafi ʻua ua, it has rained since yesterday.

  • ansi, by-and-by; anei e le mafai, by-and-by he will not.

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  • vave, quickly; e ita vave o ia, he is quickly angry.

  • faʻapefea? how? pe na manuʻa faʻapefea? how was he wounded?

  • faʻapea, thus; ia faia faʻapea, do it thus.

    With many others.