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A parallelism exists between the directionals and the pronouns, possessives, and demonstratives questioned in thing 8: every one of them more or much less express loved one distance in between speaker and addressee in location and/or time. Check out table 12.
The ø-demonstrative nei ~ iho, a"e, and aku to add the meaning "past", through aku nei being much more remote than iho nei or a"e nei. Mai nei suggests past time and also present place: Inā "oe i hele mai nei me ka maika"i . . . (FS 225). "If you had actually come here with an excellent
The time scale with directionals with and without following nei is more or much less as follows:
Distant past: aku nei
Recent past: a"e nei, iho nei
Adjoining the present: a"e
Near future: iho
Distant future: aku
kēlā pule aku nei "last week"
kēia pule aku nei ā ia pule aku nei "week before last"
Ua hele a"e nei no Maui. "
i kēia mau lā iho nei "these past couple of days"
ia lā a"e ia lā a"e "from day to day"
ko"u mua a"e "the
i kēia mau lā iho "the coming days"
"apōpō ā ia lā aku "day ~ tomorrow"
I hea aku nei "oe (Kelekona 130)? "Where have actually you been?"
The usage of directionals v verbs of saying ("ī pane, nīnau, kāhea, "ōlelo) has not been sufficiently studied. Aku, mai, and also a"e it seems to be ~ to it is in the most common, maybe in that order. They space sometimes followed by the ø-demonstrative lā "there (far)" or through -la together an close the door (see Glossary).
"ī maila "oia "he stated to me"
"ī a"ela "oia "he claimed to who nearby"
"ī akula "oia "he claimed to someone else"