When ‘kei’ is placed directly before a verb, whether it is a stative or a universal, it is indicating caution or a warning to the listener. Look at the following examples which demonstrate this particular use of ‘kei’.
|Kia tere, kei mahue koe i te pahi!||Hurry up or you'll miss the bus!|
|Kia tūpato, kei pakaru te pereti i a koe.||Be careful or you'll smash the plate.|
|Kia kamakama, kei mahue koe i a au.||Look lively or I'll leave you behind.|
|Tuhia te nama waea, kei wareware i a koe.||Write down the number or you'll forget it.|
Further explanations and exercises: Te Kākano p. 59; Te Aka
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