How to use the definite article in Maori

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Maori? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Maori lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Maori definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Maori definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The definite article is used with nouns. For nouns in the singular, the English definite article 'the' is 'te' in Maori. The word 'te' is not used for nouns in the plural.

Examples

te tūru
the chair
te tatau
the door
te tangata
the person
te moenga
the bed
te matapihi
the window
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Māori belongs to the Austronesian language family and is related to Malaysian, Indonesian and Tagalog. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Maori would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Step 4 : The definite article in Maori

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns. Using the nouns pukapuka, nohoanga and tatau (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use the definite article with each of the nouns. The nouns together with the definite article are te pukapuka, te tūru and te tatau (the book, the chair, the door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Maori including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Maori nouns pukapuka, nohoanga and tatau, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Maori).

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