Me mahi takiwhā koutou
Giving numbers a distributive force
When you want to talk about pairs, threes and so on taki- is used. Taki- is a prefix that is put before numbers one to nine and often follows a verb. It is also used with mano and tini for very large groups.
|Me mahi takiwhā koutou.||You should work in groups of four.|
|I oma takirua rātou.||They ran in pairs.|
|Me noho takitahi mō tēnei mahi.||Sit down individually for this game.|
|Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari taku toa he toa takitini.||A single person cannot match a combined force.|
And if the verb is in the passive
|I mākahia takitorutia ngā ākonga.||The students were marked in groups of three.|
And you can also use taki to indicate that a verb is performed by each person in a group.
|Taki tū koutou.||All stand up.|
Taki haere koutou.
Off you all go.
For further explanations and examples see Te Pihinga p.9.
Tirohia ngā rerenga kōrero kei roto i te reo Māori, ā, whiriwhirihia te rerenga kōrero Pākehā e tika ana.
Look at the Māori sentences and choose which corresponding English sentence is correct.