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First Lessons in Maori

§ 42

§ 42.

The Time of these “sentences without verbs” may, as far as the form of the sentence is concerned, be past, present, or future. When it is not shewn by the essential meaning of any of the words it must be gathered from the context. If no clue to the time is given, what is said will be understood in present time. For the indications of time in the case of the prepositions hei, i, and kei refer to § 15.