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i

v.part. Retrospective in force, usually translatable by an English past or perfect tense, or sometimes (esp. with statives) by a simple present.

    1. In clause initial position, often in association with ana2 after the verb. I kite au iaia i te po Varaire. I saw him on Friday night; I aa ana ratou? What have (or had) they been doing?
    2. When the clause does not commence with the verb, i is normally used instead of kua (perfective aspect marker):
    3. after kare not: Kare ratou i kai i te akari. They didn