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First Lessons in Maori

§ 35. Substantive Verb

§ 35. Substantive Verb.

—In English, when the predicate is not a verb, the verb “to be,” commonly called the substantive verb, is used to connect the predicate with its subject. This verb has no equivalent in Maori, but the relation of subject to predicate is indicated by the use of certain particles and by the relative position of the different words in the sentence.