How to use the indefinite article in Maori

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Maori? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Maori lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Maori indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. The English indefinite article 'a' is 'he' in Maori.


he tamāhine
a daughter
he pukapuka
a book
he wiki
a week
he tēpu
a table
he rākau
a tree
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Maori

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. To learn to use the indefinite article in Maori, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns pukapuka, nohoanga and tatau (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are he pukapuka, he tūru and he tatau (a book, a chair, a door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Maori including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Maori nouns pukapuka, nohoanga and tatau, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Maori).

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