ma, prep. With, and.
- In company with, together with. Kua papaia aia, ma Parua atu. He was thrashed, together with Parua; Ko au ma teia au tamariki te ka aere atu. Ill be going together with these children; Kua aere matou, ma ia katoa. We went and he with us.
- Indicating concomitant action or state. Kua to ma te meitaki te parunu. The balloon landed safely; I aere mai ma te ngere, i oki ma te ki. (He) came poor and went back prosperous; Kua akarere aia i tana manu ma te mou piri ki te taura. He flew his kite, holding tight to the string; Kua aruru te mangungu ma te are katoa i te turorianga. The thunder crashed and the whole house shook; Kua oki ratou ki to ratou oire ma te rekareka. They went back to their vage rejoicing; Auraka e na runga i te ara o te katoatoa ma te kona. Don’t go along the public road in an intoxicated condition.
- In numbers, used to link units (1 to 9) to the higher orders (tens, hundreds, etc.). E toru anere e rua ngauru ma rima, three hundred and twenty-five; e toru anere ma rua, three hundred and two. (cf. ma4.) [Pn. *maa1.]
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