Saying ‘to do something’ using ai
Pay close attention to the following sentences.
|Haere ki te kokonga noho ai.||Go to the corner to sit.|
|I haere rāua ki te whare pukapuka pānui pukapuka ai.||They both went to the library to read.|
|Kua hoki atu rātou ki roto mahi ai.||They have gone back inside to work.|
Notice that these sentences ending in ai follow information giving the location. The verb followed by ai together means to do something. Ki te may also be used but this alternative way is probably better if mastered. Here are some more examples, this time with the location highlighted.
|Māu ngā tamariki e hari ki te puna kaukau kauhoe ai.||You can take the kids to the swimming pool to swim.|
|Haere atu ki waho whakatā ai.||Go outside and have some time out.|
This use of ai is only used when location has been stated earlier.
Further explanations and examples see Te Kākano p. 129.
Hurihia ēnei rerenga kōrero.
Kei wareware i a koe ngā piko, ngā tohu pātai, ngā ira kati me ngā tohutō i ngā wāhi e tika ana.
I hoki mai a Hōhua ki te kāinga ki te kai.
Kāore mātou e haere ki reira ki te tākaro.
Haere atu kōrua ki waho ki te purei.
Kei te noho te kuia i runga i te tūru ki te whakatā.
E haere ana ngā tamariki ki te puna kaukau ki te kauhoe.
Kei te hoki ngā tamariki ki ō rātou rūma ki te moe.
Haria mai tō tūru ki konei ki te noho.