1. Post-nom. Just, exactly, really actual, real, very.
Ko tōna ingoa rāi tēnā.
That’s his name all right;
Ko te pare rāi tēnā e ‘a‘ao putuputu ana ‘aia.
That’s the very cap he often wears;
I taua taime rāi,
at that very moment.
2. Post-verbal. Certainly, surely, undoubtedly, really, quite, fairly, rather, only.
Ka ‘aere rāi au.
I‘m definitely going;
Pē‘ea koe? Meitaki rāi.
How are you? Not so bad, pretty fair;
‘E manako meitaki rāi tēnā.
That’s quite a good idea (of yours);
‘Ōkota‘i rāi tei tae mai.
Only one came;
‘okota‘i rāi tirīngi,
only one shilling;
‘Ē toru nga‘uru rāi tangata kā iri.
There is only room for thirty people;
‘Ē rua take o tēnā tamaiti, nō reira rāi i kangāi.
That child has a double crown, that’s really why he’s mischievous. Tika rāi, that’s quite correct, that’s right (a common interjection of assent to a factual statement).
Kua ‘akarongo au ē ‘e maki koe? Tika rāi.
I heard you were sick? That’s right. I te taime rāi, as soon as.
I tō rātou inu‘anga rāi i te vai,
as soon as they drank the water;
i te tāime rāi e tae mai ei te pa‘ī,
as soon as the ship arrives. Taua…rāi, the very same.
E ‘ārāvei mai iāku i taua ngā‘i rāī ra.
Meet me at the very same place.
Ka tiaki au ‘ē toru rā, mē kāre rāi koe e ‘oki mai, ka ‘aere atu au i reira.
I‘ll wait there three days and if you haven’t returned I‘ll leave;
Tei te _ api‘i rāi ‘aia.
He’s still at school;
Tē kā ‘uā ra rāi te a‘i i teia pōpongi.
The fire was still alight this morning;
Te ‘anga‘anga nei rāi te ora.
The clock is still working.