Kua is used to show that an action has started and is either in progress or has finished. It is also used to indicate that a state has been reached. Kua can also be used in questions with a questioning intonation.
|Kua whara a Mere.||Mere has been hurt.|
|Kua wehe kē ngā tamariki.||The children have left already.|
|Kua wehe kē ngā tamariki?||Have the children left already?|
|Kua mutu te kēmu.||The game has finished.|
|Kua toru karaka te tāima.||The time is three o'clock.|
|Kua makariri te kapu tī.||The cup of tea is cold.|
Further explanations and exercises: Te Kākano p. 28; Te Kākano Pukapuka Tātaki p. 19.
Whiriwhirihia te rerenga kōrero Māori e tika ana mō ia rerenga kōrero Pākehā.
Choose the most appropriate Māori translation for each English sentence.