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First Lessons in Maori

§ 52

§ 52.

The Tenses of the different moods in the Passive voice are formed in the same way as in the Active, the passive form of the verb being substituted for the active —puritia for pupuri.

The Imperative Passive, unlike the Imperative Active, seldom refers to the second person, but more commonly to the first or third person, the command at the same time being addressed to the second person.

  • Kaua ahau e whakarerea, let me not be left (by thee); i.e., do not leave me!

  • Puritia tenei taura! be this rope held (by thee), i.e., hold this rope!