ngā2

ngā2, 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 ngā ‘oro‘enua tēia i kainga‘ia ai tā mātou one meika.
These are the two horses that were eating our banana plantation;

Mē ‘ārāvei tēta‘i ngā tāngata.
When two people meet;

tōku ngā metua,
my parents;

E ‘ōmai koe i ngā vī para nāku.
Give me a couple of ripe mangoes;

i ngā rā akenei,
a few days ago;

te ngā ariki tokotoru,
the three kings.

2. When the noun is followed by a numeral, ngā 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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