inā, i nā

inā, i nā, interj. Typically used at the beginning of a sentence to attract attention.

1. Excuse me!

Inā ake!
Stand aside! Make way!;

Inā ake ana!
Stand aside please!;

Inā ana, kia ‘akakite mai i te ora?
Excuse me, can you tell me the time?

2. Let me see!

‘E ‘apinga kite tāku. Inā!
I’ve got something I found. Let me see!;

Inā, kia ‘ākara au i te tātā.
Here, let me see the writing;

Inā tō‘ou rima?
May I see your hand;

Inā ka ‘aere?
Shall we see if you can walk?

3. Lo and behold! Look!

I na, te tu ua nei au ki te ngutupa, e te topāpā atu nei.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock (Rev. 3.20);

I na oki, kua kore akenei te tuatau paroro.
For, lo, the winter is past (Song 2.11).

4. There you are! I knew it! I told you so!

Inā, i karanga atu ana au ē kā motu tō‘ou rima.
There, I told you you’d cut your hand. Inā rā, i nā rā, inārā, but, however, nevertheless.
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