Expressions for past time
Here are some words which indicate past time:
inapō last night
inatahirā the day before yesterday
i tēnei wiki this week
i te rā nei today
i te ata nei this morning
i te ahiahi nei this afternoon
i tērā wiki last week
i tērā marama last month
i tērā tau last year
i tērā Paraire last Friday
i te rua karaka at two o’clock
You will notice that all of these words and phrases begin with i, which usually indicates past tense. In all cases, the i can be replaced by nō without changing the meaning. Both i and nō indicate past time.
For further explanations and exercises: Te Kākano p. 30
Whakamāoritia ēnei rerenga kōrero.
Translate the English sentences into Māori.
Whakapākehatia i ngā rerenga kōrero nei.
Translate the following Māori sentences into English.
Kei wareware i a koe ngā piko, ngā tohu pātai, ngā ira kati me ngā tohutō i ngā wāhi e tika ana.
They and I went to the shop yesterday.
Did you go to Mīria’s house last night?
What did you do last week?
Where did Neihana go this morning?
I went there last year.
What did you do at two o’clock yesterday?
I matakitaki au i te whutupōro ināpo.
I tūtaki māua i tērā marama.
I pūrei kāri mātou i tērā Rāhoroi.