tau1

tau1. Fitting, suitable, becoming, right, proper, acceptable, appropriate, necessary.

‘Ea‘a te ‘ati‘anga tau nō tāua i te ‘aere?
What is the best time for us to go?;

tau nō te kai;
fit to eat.

Kāre e tau tēna pare iā koe.
That hat’s not right on you.

‘Aere ka ‘aere, kua tau te tuātau.
Come on, it’s time we were going.

Kāre e taitai roa ana, kua tau ‘ua.
It’s not too salty, it’s just about right.

Kāre e tau kia nā reira‘ia te rave.
That’s not the way to do it;

‘E mea tau kia ‘akameitaki koe iāia.
You ought to thank him;

‘e tangata tau-kore;
an unsuitable fellow.

Kāre i te tuatua tau kia tā‘iku‘ia.
It wasn’t a very nice thing to mention;

‘E ‘anga‘anga tau kore tāna i rave.
He acted most improperly/did the wrong thing;

Kāre ‘e tau‘anga i tā‘au tuatua.
What you say is not proper;

Kā tau ‘a Tere ‘ei tangata moto.
Tere would make a good boxer.
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