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  adahra1 mamüi zhüe2
  1.  Adahra1 is beautiful2
  2.  Adahra1 was beautiful2


   onia-no1 kapena-sü2 macie3
  1.  what2 Onia1 says2 is correct3
2.  what2 Onia1 said2 was correct3

Contributing to the inexorability of this ambiguity is the linguistic fact that these verbs do not  take the habitual aspect marker, for, notionally, there could be no distinction between the habitual, present and simple present forms of these verbs excepting maci ‘be correct’ (and verbs descriptive of cognitive activities, of memory etc.). That is,
  he habitually likes tea
  he likes tea

are essentially the same as

  he habitually knows Mao Naga
  he knows Mao Naga
  But he habitually drinks tea

on the other hand, is different from

  he drinks tea

Had the verbs in the ambiguous sentences above taken the habitual aspect marker -we, they  would not be ambiguous. But they do not:
48. *1a. hrekha1 rashü2 dzü pa-we3
Hrekha1 likes3 fruits2
*2a.  lona-hi1 osa so-we2
he1 is tall2
*3a.  dikho1 hayi2 -ko0 oca3 dzü-no4 dzü pa-we5
Dikho1 prefers5 ricebeer 2 to4 tea3
*4a.  lijisa1 lainus-yi2 le-shü-we3
Lijsa1 likes3 Linus2
*5a.  tasoni1 kapani-yi2 mari-we3
Tasoni1 resembles3 Kapani2
*6a.  pfota1 pfo-yi2 nie kara-we3
they ( hate3 him2
*7a.  heshu-hi1 onga-lowe2
Heshu1 is good physiqued 2
*8a.  pfo1 zhü-we2
he1 is good2
*9a.  adahra1 mamüi zhü-we2
Adahra1 is beautiful2

Verbs of cognition and memory do distinguish between simple past (marked by ) and simple present which is notionally and formally, in the case of these verbs, identical with the habitual present.
49. 1.  ai1 bengaali2 sü-we3 I1 know3 Bengali 2
    (lit. I habitually know Bengali)
  2.  ai1 bengaali2 süe3 I1 knew 3 Bengali2
  3.  ai1 ni-yi2 momo-we3 I1 remember 3 you2
    (lit. I habitually remember you)
  4.  ai1 ni-yi2 momoe3 I1 remembered3 you2

Aspect has to do with the temporal or the objective state per se in time of an action/state/process identified by the predicate. Like mood but unlike tense, two aspects can co-occur. eg. the iterative and the habitual. Aspectual distinctions in Mao are Habitual, Progressive, Iterative or Frequentative, Imminence and Perfective.
The Habitual
The Habitual aspect which expresses habitual -- dispositional or other wise -- regularity of occurrence is marked by -we which closes the verb phrase.
50. 1.  nipuni12 mazhü3 -we2
    Nipuni1 writes2 well3
  2.  cühi)1 kapra 2 -po-no3 pra-we 4
    (the) sun1 rises4 from/in (the direction of) 3 the east2
  3.  kaikho1 ocükohuni2 mail3 kaxi4 tu-we5
    Kaikho1 runs5 two4 miles3 daily2
  4.  a1 pfo2 iniu3 -li4 ta5 makra6 -we5
    my1 father2 goes5 to4 (the) village3 often/regularly6


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