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First Lessons in Maori

§ 70. Explanatory Verb

§ 70. Explanatory Verb.

—Sometimes a verb in the infinitive mood is added to a participle, adjective, or verb by way of explanation. If the explanatory verb is active the preposition indicating the agent will be different according as the agent is placed after the participle, or after the verb. If after the participle, it will be i; if after the verb, it will be e.

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  • Ka pau te paraoa i te kuri te kai, or, Ka pau te paraoa te kai e te kuri, the bread is eaten up by the dog (is consumed by edting).

  • Kia hohoro taua te haere, let us travel quickly (lit., let us be quick in travelling).