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.
Don’t forget to use commas, question marks, and fullstops and macrons where appropriate (ā,ē,ī,ō, and ū).