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First Lessons in Maori

§ 61. Verbal clauses

§ 61. Verbal clauses.

—A verb, active in form but active or passive in sense, may be used, with or without an object or indirect object, to form a clause qualifying a noun.

  • He kararahe kai tangata, a man-eating beast.

  • Te hoiho e here mai ra, the horse tied yonder.

Descriptive details will sometimes be introduced by the use of he mea with a construction similar to the above.

  • Ko te matamata he mea tahu ki te ahi, the point having been set on fire.

  • He mea heru te mahunga, the head having been dressed with a comb.