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First Lessons in Maori

§ 62

§ 62.

In speaking of movements of different parts of the body, the member spoken of in each case is regarded as the agent, and is spoken of, or addressed, as if it were capable of independent action, the verb being, of course, intransitive.

  • Hamama tou mangai, open your mouth.

  • Kua totoro tona ringaringa, he has stretched out his hand.

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