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First Lessons in Maori

§ 37

§ 37.

Use the specific particle ko when the predicate is either


A proper name, or personal pronoun, a local noun (§ 8), or either of the interrogatives wai, or hea; or


A common noun with any of the definitives (§ 18) except he.

  • Ko ia tenei, this is he.

  • Ko wai tona ingoa? what is his name?

  • Ko Hamo tona ingoa, his name is Hamo.

  • Ko toku whare tera, that is my house.

  • Ko hea tera maunga? What is (the name of) that mountain?