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ai

a verbal particle used after a verb to denote cause, means, etc., of events, or to connect an intransitive verb with a transitive verb: when the ai follows a verb ending in a, such as taai, both vowels are to be sounded with a perceptible break between the aa: it is to be noted that in no case should the first a be elided: it is a strict rule in Maori, that each vowel must be sounded or given its full value: