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First Lessons in Maori

§ 56. Imperative Future

§ 56. Imperative Future.

—Another irregular construction is the formation of what may be called the Imperative Future with me, in which the verb is active in form but passive in sense. This construction is never used with a negative.

  • Me kawe e koe taku toki, you shall carry my axe (or, my axe must be carried by you).

  • I mahara ahau me patu tenei manu, I thought that this bird was to be killed.