Exercise One

More on statives

Kua hinga te tangata matakerepō
More on statives

Presently we have been using the term ‘stative’ for a group of words that describe a condition or state. However, there is a small group of statives that do not function in all the ways that the rest do. Below are some of the words from that smaller group.

mahuebe left behind
mākonabe satisfied (of appetite)
mānube floating
maube caught, fixed, held fast
mutube ended, finished
ngarobe missing, lost, out of sight, disappeared
otibe completed, finished
paube consumed, exhausted, used up
rirobe take, gone, obtained
be, wounded
wharabe struck, injured, hit accidentally

These statives are only used as verbs, unless their form is changed, e.g. by adding an ending to them as was explained in chapter 5.

For further explanations and examples see Te Pihinga pp. 107-108.

Whakakīa te āputa o ngā rerenga kōrero Māori ki te kupu e tika ana.
Fill in the gap in the Māori sentence with the appropriate word.

Kei wareware i a koe ngā piko, ngā tohu pātai, ngā ira kati me ngā tohutō i ngā wāhi e tika ana.


te pōro i te hoariri.

The ball was taken by the opponents.

Kāore anō ia kia


His is not yet satisfied.


ōku hū i a koe.

You have lost my shoes.


ngā moni katoa i a ia.

She obtained all the money.


katoa āna mahi.

All his work has finished.


ā tātou rauemi i a rātou.

They have used up all our resources.

I kite ahau i te waka e


I saw the canoe floating.


ngā tamariki i te pahi.

The bus left the kids behind.