~ovei1 know ‹s.o., s.th.›; be aware (that, ~ko) / [...]

Part of Speech verb, transitive
Phonetic Form (i·)ovei
Tanema Equivalent ~wo
Lovono Equivalent ~lonei
    • know ‹s.o., s.th.›; be aware (that, ~ko)
    • (Part of) Antonym (for)
      • Example 113:
        Ai-ovei Cindy?
        Do you know Cindy?
      • Example 2004:
        Ai’ one i-ovei piene Tetevo.
        My father knows the language of Utupua.
      • Example 2005:
        Ni-ovei ni-ko ngatene abia teve eo.
        I know you have a lot of work.
    • understand, recognise
    • Syntactic Restriction dynamic
      • Example 356:
        Basavono po kape awoiu, dapa li-ovei.
        And when that was finished, people began to understand.
      • Example 656:
        Li-ovei li-ejau anoko iadapa.
        They recognised [lit. knew well] their itinerary.
    • know how to; hence be able (to, pe)
    • Encyclopedic Info Synt.: The subordinate verb can be either Realis or Irrealis.
      (Part of) Antonym (for)
      • Example 1935:
        Li-ovei pe li-tomoe, li-ovei pe li-tabo li-ka, nga ponu.
        They know how to disappear, how to appear again, that sort of thing.
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      • Example 2006:
        Ini i-ovei pe i-vete piene ñe piene adapa Teanu.
        He can speak Teanu.
      • Example 2007:
        Ai-ovei pe u-vi jokoro?
        Do you know how to play the panpipe?
    • be allowed to
      • Example 1094:
        Daviñevi wopine li-ovei pe li-anu kava.
        Adult women are allowed to drink kava.
      • Example 1419:
        Ai-ovei pe u-lebie.
        You can bathe (if you want).
    • may (do V)
    • Syntactic Restriction epistemic modality
      • Example 2008:
        Miko i-ovei pe i-wai mwoe.
        Earthquakes can shake houses
    • be prone (to, pe); do V habitually; used to (do)
      • Example 362:
        Dapa noma, li-ovei pe li-loko uie woubo pe le-vei bavede peini.
        People before used to weave sails out of pandanus leaves.
      • Example 466:
        Li-ovei pe li-la tepulu li-lateli ne teipu me le-su nga buluko.
        Kauri resin can be stored in an empty coconut shell, and lit as a lamp.
      • Example 1131:
        Dapa kula li-ovei pe li-vete piene kiane.
        Some people tend to speak fast.
      • Example 2009:
        Dapa Lovoko na li-ovei pe li-la ngatene iune.
        The Lovoko people are inclined towards mutual cooperation.

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  • See also:
    • ~re let go of ‹s.th.›, release, drop / leave ‹s.th.› somewhere; put ‹s.th.› down, lay, set / set ‹trap›; cast ‹net› / spend ‹money, viko›; hence pay ‹fine› / let go of, release ‹s.o.›; leave ‹s.o.› alone / allow ‹s.o.› to do s.th. / leave ‹s.o.›; drop ‹s.o.› somewhere, walk ‹s.o.› back / divorce ‹s.o.› / leave ‹people› behind as one passes away; hence die
    • kape Irrealis marker, with various contextual interpretations / equiv. of a future: will / equiv. of a prospective: be about to / equiv. of a deontic: should, be supposed to / equiv. of a subjunctive / equiv. of a potential: can / equiv. of a conditional / equiv. of a habitual aspect / equiv. of a generic present, used in instructions / indicates epistemic doubt or approximation