‘ea

‘ea, locative pronoun, interrogative.

1. Where? ‘Ei ‘ea?, where (future reference)?;

Ei ‘ea au no‘o ei?,
where shall I sit?;

‘Ei ‘ea tāua kaikai ei?,
where are we going to eat? I ‘ea?, at what place? (usu. with ref. to past time).

I kite koe iāku i ‘ea?,
where did you see me?;

I ‘ea ‘aia i tuatua mai ei kiā koe?,
where was it he spoke to you? Ki ‘ea?, to(wards) what place?

Tē ‘aere nei koe ki ‘ea?,
where are you going?;

Kua ‘apai koe ki ‘ea?,
where have you taken it?;

Ko ‘ea,
what place?;

Ko ‘ea tēia ngā‘i?,
what place is this? where is this? Mei ‘ea?, from what place?

Mei ‘ea mai ‘aia?,
where has he come from? Nā ‘ea?, by what route, means or method?

Kā ‘aere kōrua nā ‘ea?,
which way will you go?;

I nā ‘ea koe i te tomo‘anga ki roto i te ‘are? I nā te ngūtupa,
which way did you get into the house? Through the door;

Ka nā ‘ea kōtou i te tari i teia pūtē kōpara?,
what (transport) are you going to use to carry these sacks of copra?;

I nā ‘ea koe i te tunu‘anga i te varaoa?,
how (what means or method) did you (use to) bake the bread?;

I nā ‘ea koe i te rave‘anga?,
how did you do it? Nō ‘ea?, from what place? from what source?

Nō ‘ea tō‘ou kite iāku?,
where did you learn about me?;

Nō ‘ea tā‘au puka?,
where did you get your book from;

Nō ‘ea rā ‘a Maru mā?,
where have Maru and those been then?;

Nō ‘ea tā‘au?
where did you get that (story) from? where did you hear that? Tei ‘ea?, at what place? (currently).

Tei ‘ea koe?,
where are you?;

Tei ‘ea rā taku māmā? Mē tei ‘ea,
where can my mother be? I don’t know.

2. At what time? when?
(see ā‘ea and nā‘ea. NB. ‘Ea is sometimes written joined to the preceding preposition in 1 above, as (usually) in 2 above; see also tē‘ea which? and how?).
[Pn. *fea.]

āinei

āinei, cplx (adv.part. + loc.part.). Interrogative and dubitative in force, the same as āina except that the question involves the speaker here and now, rather than the addressee there or then.

Mē kāre āinei i te tika?
Isn’t it really true then? (e.g. what I’ve been saying).
[āi, nei.]

āina

āina, cplx (adv.part. + loc.part.). Interrogative and dubitative in force; the -na involves the addressee directly in the question; often used to reinforce kāre in negative questions.

Mē kāre āina i te tika?
Wasn’t it really true then? (e.g. what you said, or what I’ve heard about you);

Mē kāre āina taua tuatua i tā‘iku‘iku‘ia ana?
But wasn’t that point (of yours) raised?;

‘E mea tau āina kia tuatua vi‘ivi‘i ‘aia ki mua i te mata o te kātoatoa?
But I ask you, was it really right for him to use bad language like that in front of everybody?
[āi, -na2.]