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subordinating conj.

    1. (Usually followed by verbal particle or nominal predication). If. Me ka omai koe i tetai angaanga naku, ka noo mai au ki Rarotonga nei. If you would give me a job, I’d stay on here in Rarotonga; Me kare koe e oki mai, e tata mai koe kia kite matou. If you aren’t coming back, write to let us know; me ko toou tu tena, if that is the way you are.
    2. Me…me, whether…or. Kare au i kite e me kua tae mai aia me kare. I don’t know whether she has arrived or not.
    3. Me kore, me kare, if not, or else, or. E tamata koe i te aere mai apopo, me kore, a te Varaire. Try to come tomorrow, or else on Friday; E tuku mai koe ia Punu kia aere mai, me kore, e aere mai tika ai koe. Send Punu, or else come yourself; E maani koe e toru me kore e a taime. Do it three or four times.
    4. Or. Kua tupu ki ea, ki Titikaveka, me ki Avarua? Where did it happen, at Titikaaveka, or at Avarua?
    5. Expressing doubt, ignorance, uncertainty whether or not something is the case, (cf.
    6. above, with the main clause understood). Me kua aru mai taku tamaiti i teia pai. I don’t know if my son can be on this ship; Me ka oki mai aia. I wonder if he w come back; Me ka aere mai aia, me ka aa? Is he going to come or what?; Me e oroenua meitaki tena? Is that a good horse then?; Ko te ea te tika, me ko tana, me ko taau? Which version is right, yours or his?; Me e ia taime to matou vaka i te takauriurianga. Goodness knows how many times our canoe capsized.
    7. I don’t know, (in replies to questions). Na ai i kave mai i te puka? Me na ai. Who brought the book? I don’t know who; Tei ea ra taku mama? Me tei ea. Where is my mother? I don’t know where she is.
    8. (Without a following verbal particle, cf.
    9. above.) When (with future reference). Ka akamata te apii me tangi te ove. School w commence when the bell rings; E tapae mai koe ki te kainga nei me aere koe ki Avarua. Call in at home here when you go to Avarua. (See also mei2.)

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