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conj., prep., sentence adverb.

    1. Mari ake, mari ua ake, thanks to, thanks entirely to, fortunately. Mari ua ake koe i tae mai ei au ki teia enua manea. It is thanks entirely to you that I came to this lovely country; Mari ake koe i akatikaia mai ei e taku papa kia aere mai ki te teata. Thanks to you my father let me come to the pictures; Mari ake au kia aere mai i puaiai te kakau, thanks to my coming the clothes have got washed.
    2. Mari ra, mari ua me, except, except if, unless. Ka aere pou roa matou, mari ra te tamariki. We are all going, except for the children; Kare e tangata toe, mari ua ko Tere. There is no one left, except Tere; Auraka e aere ki roto mari ua me e tikaanga toou. Don’t go in unless you have permission; Ka pou te varaoa mata mari ua me ka tae mai te pai. There won’t be any flour left unless the ship comes.
    3. Therefore, for the reasons stated (mainly biblical, cf. Tah. maori). E apai mari i ta Kaisara kia Kaisara. Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s (Matt. 22.21); Auraka mari kotou e mataku, e maata to kotou meitaki i to te au manu rikiriki e manganui. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows (Matt.10.31).

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