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    1. From (a place, time, action or state), since. Kua oko karena mai au mei te toa. I’ve bought a calendar from the shop; Mei ea mai koe? Where have you been?; mei tupuaroa mai e tae mai ki teia ra, from the earliest days right up today; Mei toou taeanga mai e tae mai ki teia ra, kare ake rai koe i aere ake ki to matou kainga. Ever since you arrived you’ve never come to visit us; Mei te aa te roa? For how long?; Mei te aa te roa i toou nooanga ki Aitutaki? How long have you been staying in Aitutaki?; Mei te aa te roa ia koe ki konei? Mei te rima meneti. How long have you been here? Five minutes. Mei mai, mei taua taime mai, mei reira mai, since. No konei a Tere mei te Paraparau mai. Tere has been here since Thursday; Kare ratou i kite ake iaia mei reira mai. They haven’t seen him since then; Te oki nei au mei te angai puaka mai. Im coming back from feeding the pigs; Mei te aa mai koe? What have you been doing?
    2. Like, as, about the same size (amount etc.) as. Mei te tutua rai koe i te panapana aere. You keep jumping around like a flea; E rave koe mei teia te tu. Do it like this; E akakore mai i ta matou ara, mei ia matou i akakore i ta tei ara ia matou nei. Forgive us our sins, even as we forgive those who have sinned against us (Matt. 6.12); Mei te aa te maata i toou punua oroenua? About how big (asking for comparison or dem-onstration) is your foal? [Pn. *mei1.]

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