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1. (particle) was, were - when used before a verb indicates continuing action in the past.

I te moe rāua. / They were asleep.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 101-102;)

2. (particle) was at, were at - when used with a noun.

I te kāinga mātou. / We were at home.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 101-102;)

3. (particle) when, it was because, because.

I te whakatakariri o tana wahine, ka panaia ia. / Because his wife was so angry, he was banished.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 178;)

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