Point 9. How to say 'ago'
 

English ภาษาไทย
 I started to work about six months ago.  ผมเริ่มทำงานหกเดือนมาแล้ว
 I came here a long time ago.  ผมมาอยู่ที่นี่นานแล้ว

The expression
maּ lε2ּw, when preceded by a phrase expressing temporal duration (e.g., six months, a long time), is equivalent to the English expression 'ago'. Note particularly the use of maּ in this expression. Since the time is previous to the time the statement about six months ago or a long time ago is made, the use of maּ fits in with what was said about tO$ּ maּ
in the previous point (Point 8 immediately preceding).