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First Lessons in Maori

§ 79. Position of adverbs

§ 79. Position of adverbs.

—With the exceptions mentioned below, an adverb will always follow the word it is qualifying. If the word qualified be a verb in the Imperfect or Narrative Form the adverb mai may stand before or after the particle ana, but any other adverb must be placed before ana.

The following:—ata, gently, quite; mātua, first; and tino, very; are exceptions to the general rule, and always stand before the qualified words. A clause containing the adverb mātua is followed by the inceptive with ai.

page 51 Examples.
  • He tangata tino pai, a very good man.

  • Kia matua kitea te toki, ka haere ai koe ki te ngahere, first let the axe be found, and then go to the wood.

  • He kino rawa tena, that is very bad.

  • Kihai i ata oti te mahi, the work was not quite finished.