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āe, āe

1. Yes and serves you right - an idiom expressing that the speaker knew that someone would get into trouble and that it was all the victim's fault so the speaker has no sympathy for the victim.

Āe, āe! Ka kīia atu kia kaua e rawekehia te naihi rā, nā, kua motu tō ringa (PK 2008:2). / Yes, and serves you right! You were told not to touch that knife and now you've cut your hand.

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āe

1. (verb) to agree, give assent.

Āe ana mai ōna whanaunga ki tana tohe kia patua te rā (NM 1928:13). / His relatives agreed to his insistence that the sun should be beaten.

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2. (interjection) yes, aye, OK.

E mōhio ana koe ki a Erihana, te kairūri whenua? Āe (TW 26/7/1875:s29). / Do you know Ellison, the surveyor? Yes.

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3. (interjection) yes - in classical Māori it was also used to agree with a negative.

Kāore i homai he kai māu? Āe. / Didn't she give you any food? No, she didn't.

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4. (interjection) Used to confirm or strengthen a statement, especially about bad or strange behaviour.

Kei te hiahia mōhio a Tīmoti mehemea kei te kimi tāne koe mōu. Tēnā pātai hoki, āe. / Timothy wants to know if you are still looking for a husband. What sort of question is that?!

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āe rā

1. without a doubt, no doubt.

Āe rā, i mate ia ki te pae o te pakanga (HP 1991:127). / No doubt he died on the battlefield.

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āe mārika

1. very well, you don't say, yes indeed, for sure, certainly.

Kei te haere tonu koe ki te pō whakangahau a Hana? Āe mārika! / Are you still going to Hana's party? I certainly am!

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kāore, āe

1. but no, wrong, not so - an idiom used by the speaker to suggest that he/she was wrong in the first instance, or was mistaken.

Ka kī mai te Kāwanatanga nō te iwi Māori tonu te whenua e tū mai rā te hōhipera. Kāore, āe. Kua hokona kētia e te pōkokohua rā. / The Government said that the land where the hospital is located belongs to the Māori people. But no. It had already been bought by that bugger.

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ā

1. (interjection) yes - variation of ae.

"Kei te hoki mai rāua āpōpō?" "Ā. Hei te atapō." / "Are they returning tomorrow?" "Yes. Before dawn."

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