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collective part. Used both with and without a preceding determiner.

    1. When the following noun is not qualified by a numeral: two, pair, couple, or (vaguely) three or four, a few. Ko te nga oroenua teia i kaingaia ai ta matou one meika. These are the two horses that were eating our banana plantation; Me aravei tetai nga tangata. When two people meet; toku nga metua, my parents; E omai koe i nga vi para naku. Give me a couple of ripe mangoes; i nga ra akenei, a few days ago; te nga ariki tokotoru, the three kings.
    2. When the noun is followed by a numeral, nga occasionally appears even with large numbers. E ope akera nga ao e a ngauru e nga po e a ngauru ra. And forty days and forty nights passed (Deut. 9.11). (cf au7.)

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