Usage of ‘mag-‘ in Tagalog

The Tagalog prefix mag- is used to verbalize nouns. You can translate it as ‘do’ in most cases, but the meaning depends on the context. This is very useful because you can put it in front of English nouns. Filipinos do this all the time! That’s why when you hear them speaking Tagalog, there seems to be a lot of English words sprinkled in.

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Comparative Form of Adjectives

mas ~
more ~

mas maganda
more beautiful

mas matalino
smarter

Mas mahirap ako.
I am poorer.

Mas mayaman siya.
She/He is richer.

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NINA

The Tagalog word nina is placed before names in certain contexts. The singular counterpart is ni.

bahay nina Mark at Lisa
house of Mark and Lisa

ang guro nina Tom at Jim
the teacher of Tom and Jim

In Tagalog grammar, nina is called a “plural actor / possessive personal article.”
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MAPANG-

The word mapang is a conjugated form of mapa (map).

Separately, there is a frequently used prefix for Tagalog words (mapang- ) which means having an inclination to be a certain way.

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NAPAKA-

This is a prefix.

napaka-
so very

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MAKA-

Maka- is a  prefix placed in front of nouns.

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Usage of “naka-” in Tagalog

In one usage, the prefix naka- expresses the idea of wearing the article of clothing, accessory, or color that is designated by the noun that naka- attaches to.

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Tagalog Pronouns

ako
I, me

ikaw
you (singular)

siya
he / she

kami
we (not including you)

tayo
we (including you)

kayo
you (plural)

sila
they

 
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