How to Conjugate Filipino and Tagalog Verbs: Types and Tenses

Updated on September 29, 2019
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Precy enjoys helping others learn to speak and appreciate the Filipino language. She also speaks Ilocano.

Learn how to form Filipino verbs in the present, past, future and imperative.
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Filipino verbs may seem daunting to those studying the language, especially for beginners. Despite that, learning verbs is a vital part of learning to speak Filipino as verbs describe all the actions we do on a day-to-day basis. Figuring out how to correctly conjugate Tagalog or Filipino verbs is rewarding, and it brings you a step closer to speaking Filipino fluently.

While studying another language, focusing on something that interests you or something that will come in handy is a good strategy. That includes learning verbs. There's a wide range of Filipino verbs to learn, but it's smart to start with words that you'll likely encounter and use in everyday conversations. With that said, we're going to start with commonly used Filipino verbs.

Learning the Common Affixes

It's definitely a challenging subject, but let's tackle the different types of Filipino verbs. We'll start with the most commonly used Filipino or Tagalog verbs in the past, present and future tenses, along with their basic and imperative forms. (What is the imperative form? This is the verb form you use when you want to command or order someone to do something.)

There are also actor-focus verbs and object-focus verbs. To add to that, there are verbs that can only be actor-focus verbs and verbs that can only be object-focus verbs.

Filipino verbs are formed with the help of Tagalog affixes to indicate their tense. Affixes may be placed at the beginning, middle or end of a word, and they're called prefixes, infixes and suffixes, respectively. We'll cover the following affixes:

  • MAG
  • MA
  • UM
  • IN
  • I

We'll also look at O to U verbs.

The MAG Verbs

Some of the most-used verbs in Filipino or Tagalog are the MAG verbs. These are called MAG verbs because they all feature the prefix MAG at the beginning. MAG helps indicate the tense of the verb: It's used to form the future tense, as well as the basic and imperative forms of the verb.

Below is a table of MAG verbs and their tenses. MAG verbs are actor-focus verbs, and the conjugation of these verbs is explained next.

MAG Verbs

Root Verb
Future Tense
Present Tense
Past Tense
Imperative
lakad (walk)
maglalakad
naglalakad
naglakad
maglakad
laba (wash clothes)
maglalaba
naglalaba
naglaba
maglaba
salita (talk/speak)
magsasalita
nagsasalita
nagsalita
magsalita
hugas (wash)
maghuhugas
naghuhugas
naghugas
maghugas
linis (clean)
maglilinis
naglilinis
naglinis
maglinis
luto (cook)
magluluto
nagluluto
nagluto
magluto
dilig (water plants)
magdidilig
nagdidilig
nagdilig
magdilig
tanim (plant)
magtatanim
nagtatanim
nagtanim
magtanim
tupi (fold clothes)
magtutupi
nagtutupi
nagtupi
magtupi
tago (hide)
magtatago
nagtatago
nagtago
magtago
hain (setting table ready)
maghahain
naghahain
naghain
maghain
basa (read)
magbabasa
nagbabasa
nagbasa
magbasa
suklay (comb)
magsusuklay
nagsusuklay
nagsuklay
magsuklay
sipilyo (brush)
magsisipilyo
nagsisipilyo
nagsipilyo
magsipilyo
laro (play)
maglalaro
naglalaro
naglaro
maglaro
mumog (gurgle)
magmumumog
nagmumumog
nagmumog
magmumog
bihis (change clothes)
magbibihis
nagbibihis
nagbihis
magbihis
benta (sell)
magbebenta
nagbebenta
nagbenta
magbenta
laro (play)
maglalaro
naglalaro
naglaro
maglaro
saing (cook rice)
magsasaing
nagsasaing
nagsaing
magsaing
sayaw (dance)
magsasayaw
nagsasayaw
nagsayaw
magsayaw
tinda (sell)
magtitinda
nagtitinda
nagtinda
magtinda
maneho (drive)
magmamaneho
nagmamaneho
nagmaneho
magmaneho
Examples of MAG verb tenses in Tagalog/Filipino.

Conjugating MAG Verbs in Tagalog

Don't worry—MAG verbs are easy to form. Using the table above as your guide, let's start with the future tense of the MAG verbs. Follow these steps:

  1. Place MAG at the beginning of the verb.
  2. Identify the first syllable of the verb and write it after MAG. (It gets repeated within the conjugated verb.)
  3. Follow that with the full root verb.

Let's look at the verb lakad. Its future tense, maglalakad, is a perfect example:

  • mag is the prefix used,
  • la is the first syllable of the root verb, which is repeated,
  • and lakad is the full root verb.

When forming the present tense, NAG takes the place of MAG—for example, naglalakad, which means 'walking'. Nothing else changes. The first syllable of the root verb is still repeated, followed by the full root verb.

For the past tense, you use NAG followed only by the root verb: naglakad.

For the imperative form (just in case you need to order someone to walk!), MAG is used as a prefix, followed by the root verb. Maglakad is the imperative form.

The MA Verbs

The MA verbs are also actor-focus verbs, and it's not that hard to form their tenses, either.

Let's use the table of MA verbs below as a guide. The future tense is formed using the MA prefix. The first syllable of the root verb comes next, then the root verb follows—just like with the MAG verbs. Let's take the first one in the table as an example—maliligo:

  • ma is the prefix,
  • li is the first syllable of the root verb,
  • and ligo is the full root verb.

The present and past tenses of MA verbs are formed in the same way as the MAG verbs, but with NA rather than NAG. For example, naliligo is the present tense of ligo, and naligo is the past tense.

To form the imperative of Tagalog MA verbs, you use the prefix MA plus the root verb. Maligo is the imperative form.

MA Verbs

Root Verb
Future Tense
Present Tense
Past Tense
Imperative
ligo (bath)
maliligo
naliligo
naligo
maligo
tulog (sleep)
matutulog
natutulog
natulog
matulog
galit (angry)
magagalit
nagagalit
nagalit
magalit
nood (watch)
manonood
nanonood
nanood
manood
huli (catch)
mahuhuli
nahuhuli
nahuli
mahuli
lito (confuse)
malilito
nalilito
nalito
malito
MA verbs and tenses: future, present, past and imperative.

The UM Verbs

The group of actor-focus verbs also includes the UM verbs. UM is an infix used in some of the verb tenses, which means it is placed in between the letters.

Starting with the future tense and using the table below as a guide, let's look at kain (the first word in the table). The future tense does not actually use the UM infix. You simply begin with the first syllable of the root verb, ka, then the root verb follows it: kakain.

When forming the present tense of an UM verb, UM will be used as an infix. Referring to the table below and using kain again, we actually start with the future tense conjugation, kakain. UM is placed between the first consonant and the first vowel, so between the K and the A in this case. This results in the present tense kUMakain. In English, this means 'eating'.

To form the past tense of an UM verb in Tagalog, take the root verb, kain. Place the infix UM in between the first consonant and the first vowel: kUMain.

The imperative form of an UM verb is the same as the past tense: kumain.

UM Verbs

Root Verb
Future Tense
Present Tense
Past Tense (Also Imperative)
kain (eat)
kakain
kumakain
kumain
takbo (run)
tatakbo
tumatakbo
tumakbo
tawag (call)
tatawag
tumatawag
tumawag
higa (lie down)
hihiga
humihiga
humiga
kaway (wave)
kakaway
kumakaway
kumaway
ngiti (smile)
ngingiti
gumungiti
ngumiti
tawa (laugh)
tatawa
tumatawa
tumawa
ngisi (smirk)
ngingisi
ngimingisi
ngumisi
sigaw (shout/yell)
sisigaw
sumisigaw
sumigaw
gapang (crawl)
gagapang
gumagapang
gumapang
talon (jump)
tatalon
tumatalon
tumalon
lundag (jump)
lulundag
lumulundag
lumundag
kanta (sing)
kakanta
kumakanta
kumanta
lipad (fly)
lilipad
lumilipad
lumipad
kahol (bark)
kakahol
kumakahol
kumahol
bili (buy)
bibili
bumibili
bumili
pili (choose)
pipili
pumipili
pumili
takas (scape)
tatakas
tumatakas
tumakas
tango (nod)
tatango
tumatango
tumango
tawid (cross)
tatawid
tumatawid
tumawid
bulong (whisper)
bubulong
bumubulong
bumulong
Examples of UM verbs with their tenses. This isn't a complete list.

Tip: For verbs where the first syllable ends in a consonant, such as lundag (the first syllable is lun-, and the second syllable is dag), only the first two letters are repeated when forming the future tense rather than the whole syllable—for example, lulundag.

There are verbs that can be both UM and IN verbs. However, other verbs can only be MAG and IN verbs. It depends on the focus of the sentence.

The IN Verbs

IN verbs are the opposite of the verb types we've covered so far. IN verbs are object-focus verbs, which means that when these verbs are used in a sentence, the focus is on the object of the sentence rather than the actor or doer.

How do you form or conjugate Tagalog IN verbs? Let's use the table below as a guide, starting with the future tense. The future tense of an IN verb is formed by repeating the first syllable in front of the root verb, much like we've done with the other verb types. However, some IN verbs also add a suffix at the end of the root verb, such as -in or -hin. The future tense kakainin is a perfect example of the use of the suffix:

  • ka is the first syllable of the root verb,
  • kain is the full root verb,
  • and the suffix -in is added at the end: ka-kain-in.

For the present tense, first write down the future tense of an IN verb. Next, place IN between the first consonant and the first vowel: kINakainin. Finally, remove the suffix -in. Now you have your present tense form: kinakain.

To form the past tense, start with the root verb. In this example, our root verb is kain. Make a space between the first consonant and the first vowel for the infix IN: kINain.

The imperative and basic form consists of the root verb followed by the suffix. Kainin is the imperative form.

IN Verbs

Root Verb
Future Tense
Present Tense
Past Tense
Basic/Imperative Form
kain (eat)
kakainin
kinakain
kinain
kainin
tawag (call someone by name)
tatawagin
tinatawag
tinawag
tawagin
hiwa (slice/cut)
hihiwain
hinihiwa
hiniwa
hiwain
init (heat up/warm up)
iinitin
iniinit
ininit
initin
banggit (mention)
babanggitin
binabanggit
binanggit
banggitin
pitas (pick/harvest)
pipitasin
pinipitas
pinitas
pitasin
sira (destroy)
sisirain
sinisira
sinira
sirain
nguya (chew)
ngunguyain
nginunguya
nginuya
nguyain
bura (erase)
buburahin
binubura
binura
burahin
sipa (kick)
sisipain
sinisipa
sinipa
sipain
sabi (say)
sasabihin
sinasabi
sinabi
sabihin
walis (sweep)
wawalisin
winawalis
winalis
walisin
linis (clean)
lilinisin
nililinis
nilinis
linisin
yakap (hug)
yayakapin
niyayakap
niyakap
yakapin
sipsip (sip)
sisipsipin
sinisipsip
sinipsip
sipsipin
gupit (cut)
gugupitin
ginugupit
ginupit
gupitin
sipat (aim)
sisipatin
sinisipat
sinipat
sipatin
agaw (snatch/grab something from someone)
aagawin
inaagaw
inagaw
agawin
Filipino/Tagalog IN verbs with tenses.

IN becomes a prefix for verbs starting in a vowel when forming the present and past tenses, like with init and agaw in the table above.

O to U Verbs

Root verbs ending with the letter O have some special conjugation rules about changing the O to a U. Sundo is a good example of a verb ending in an O that sometimes needs to be changed to a U; for instance, the imperative form is sunduin.

The same goes for verbs ending in O followed by a consonant, like -ol. Habol is a good example. The O has to be changed to a U when you're forming certain tenses—for example, hahabulin in the future tense.

Refer to the table below for more examples of these verbs. These are all IN verbs. After the ending letters were changed, the tenses were conjugated the same way as the rest of the IN verbs.

Examples of O to U Verbs

Root Verb
Future Tense
Present Tense
Past Tense
Imperative
halo (stir)
hahaluin
hinahalo
hinalo
haluin
sagot (answer)
sasagutin
sinasagot
sinagot
sagutin
bunot (pluck/pull out/uproot)
bubunutin
binubunot
binunot
bunutin
ayos (fix)
aayusin
inaayos
inayos
ayusin
habol (run after someone)
hahabulin
hinahabol
hinabol
habulin
sundo (fetch/pick up someone)
susunduin
sinusundo
sinundo
sunduin
lunok (swallow)
lulunukin
nilulunok
nilunok
lunukin
simot (entirely consume)
sisimutin
sinisimot
sinimot
simutin

What to Do When the First Syllable Ends in a Consonant

Some IN verbs can be a little confusing because the rule of repeating the first syllable of the root verb isn't applied.

Referring to the table above, take the root verb sundo as an example. It has two syllables: sun-do. With verbs like this where the first syllable has three letters, ending in a consonant, only the first two letters are repeated. The third letter is dropped, giving us the future tense susunduin. We still apply the rule of changing the O to a U before the suffix -in.

What to Do When the Verb Starts With a Vowel

If a verb starts with a vowel, like in the case of ayos (which is fourth on the table above), IN becomes a prefix when forming the present and the past tense: inaayos and inayos.

Notice that with the present and past tenses, the O was not changed to a U. However, this rule is applied when forming the future tense, and the suffix -in is also used: aayusin.

What to Do When You Get Confused

When the conjugation process becomes frustrating and confusing, especially for verbs starting with vowels, practice writing down the verb and separating it into pieces. Let's use ayos as an example again and try to conjugate it to the future tense:

  1. Check the syllables in the verb. Our root verb has two syllables: a-yos.
  2. Repeat the first syllable. This gives us a-ayos.
  3. Change the O to a U. This will give us a-a-yus.
  4. Attach the suffix -in. Now we've correctly formed the future tense: a-a-yu-sin.

For the present tense of ayos, we keep the letter O. IN becomes a prefix in the present tense, followed by the repeated first syllable and the full root verb: in-a-ayos.

IN remains a prefix when forming the past tense, followed by the root. We also keep the letter O rather than changing it to a U: in-ayos.

When it comes to the imperative, the letter O needs to be changed to a U, and the suffix -in is used: ayus-in.

The I Verbs

I verbs are object-focus verbs. A lot of them can also be actor-focus verbs, depending on the affixes used.

Let's look at the first root verb from the table below—luto, which means 'cook'. It can be both an I verb and a MAG verb.

Iluluto ng babae ang isda para sa hapunan. 'The fish will be cooked by the woman for dinner'. This is an example of an object-focus verb, so babae is the focus of the sentence. The sentence literally means 'Will be cooked by the woman the fish for dinner'. (Unlike English sentences, Tagalog or Filipino sentences usually start with verbs or adjectives.)

Magluluto ang babae ng isda para sa hapunan. 'The woman will cook fish for dinner'. The focus is now on the actor or doer, which is the woman. By making the root verb luto into a future tense MAG verb, the focus of the sentence switches to the actor since MAG verbs are actor-focus verbs.

I Verbs

Root Verb
Future Tense
Preset Tense
Past Tense
Basic/Imperative Form
luto (cook)
iluluto
iniluluto
iniluto
iluto
sulat (write)
isusulat
isinusulat
isinulat
isulat
hain (set table for meals)
ihahain
inihahain
inihain
ihain
inom (drink)
iinumin
iniinom
ininom
inumin
tago (hide)
itatago
itinatago
itinago
itago
labas (take out/show)
ilalabas
inilalabas
inilabas
ilabas
sampay (hang dry)
isasampay
isinasampay
isinampay
isampay
taas (raise)
itataas
itinataas
itinaas
itaas
sara (close)
isasara
isinasara
isinara
isara
suot (wear)
isusuot
isinusuot
isinuot
isuot
saulo (memorize)
isasaulo
isinasaulo
isinaulo
isaulo
subo (put something in the mouth)
isusubo
isinusubo
isinubo
isubo
bigay (give)
ibibigay
ibinibigay
ibinigay
ibigay
tapon (throw/get rid of)
itatapon
itinatapon
itinapon
itapon
tama (correct)
itatama
itinatama
itinama
itama
tulak (push)
itutulak
itinutulak
itinulak
itulak
salin (transfer/translate)
isasalin
isinasalin
isinalin
isalin
Examples of I verbs in Filipino or Tagalog. I verbs are object-focus verbs.

Ang and Ng

This is a little trick I'd like to share: Keep an eye on ang and ng, since these two words will help you identify the focus of the sentence. Let's call them markers: Ang marks the focus, and ng marks the object. The noun that comes after ang is the focus. The noun that comes after ng is the object.

Looking at our previous examples again, let's apply this trick. Keep an eye on the nouns that comes after ang and ng in the following sentences:

Iluluto ng babae ang isda para sa hapunan. The noun babae or 'woman' comes after ng, letting you know that the object of the sentence is babae. Iluluto is an I verb, which is an object-focus verb.

Magluluto ang babae ng isda para sa hapunan. The ng now comes before isda or 'fish', letting you know the object here is the fish. Ang now comes before babae, letting you know that the focus is on babae, the actor. The verb used is a MAG verb, which is an actor-focus verb.

Need More Help?

This isn't a complete list of Filipino or Tagalog verbs. If you have a verb in mind that you need help with and you'd like to see it added here, let me know in the comment section below.

As to whether a verb is an IN, I, UM or MAG verb, there is no clear rule to follow. My advice is to familiarize yourself with as many verbs as possible, starting with the most commonly used ones.

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      Chris 

      11 days ago

      Hello, what is the proper way to say "I am just visiting the Philippines"?

      Bumibisita lang ako sa Pilipinas? or Bibisita lang ako sa Pilipinas?

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      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      2 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      Precy ! Ok ! I understand your situation. My Grand Ma, wife of the Grand Pa I was writing about was from Poland and she came to France in 1921 and she forgot her mother tongue because she was surrrounded by French speakers most of her life. She met my Grand Pa and my mother never spoke Polish with her. I am the only one able to speak in Polish because when I was a student I started to learn Polish beeing 18 years old. Polish and French are not similar, you could compare Tagalog and Malagasay if you want to imagine the difference. By the way I am happy to tell you I am so quick with Tagalog that I created a French/Tagalog dictionary online on my site www.dictionaric.com It's far from prefect right now but I will improve it step by step. If I can I will try to do the same with Ilocano and Bisaya. It's only a question of time. Now with Internet everything is much easier. I remember in 1997 when I got my first Internet connection, I tried to gather information about Nahuatl and Maya languages in Mexico but there was very little online. Plus these languages are not really strong enough in front of Spanish. Neverthless I am sure all these languages are not going to die because there will always be people, native or not, who will sustain them. The mere fact to create a site about a language is enough for saving this language from oblivion especially if on the ground there are people who still use this language in their every day life.

      Keep going. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit often The Philippines.

      Sincerely Yours, Patrick Jouannès from France.

      Please, feel free to contact me for any kind of linguistical help. My eternal email is dictionaric@aol.com

      Last thing I wanted to say about my humble self :-) I have two sons and they forsook me :-) One is living in Australia for 11 years and the other in Beijing for 7 years and I hate to travel by plane. Thanks God I have the Internet and a car :-) But I am waiting to have a bridge made to Australia :-) For The Philippines I will to find a boat :-)

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      precy anza 

      2 months ago from USA

      @ Patrick

      Hi. I asked my mom what the Ilocano word is for 'while' or 'habang' in Tagalog but she didn't know. I can't find it online either. I'll keep it in mind though as I'm wondering now as well if there is or what could be the word for that. I totally forgot Ilocano when we evacuated from the province where I was born to another province because of volcanic eruption when I was 6 to 7 years old. But it slowly came back to me when we arrived here in US. Hearing Ilocano being spoken at home with the relative we stayed for a year helped. There are still words I don't know though but I do share what I know through writing and video lessons.

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      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      2 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      Precy !

      I understood you are now living in the USA and of course you lost contact with Ilocano, plus Tagalog is fore sure overwhelming the other languages. I just wanted to say, keep collecting everything you can from your mother and I wish her a very long life in health.

      I was born in 1958 and one of my grand fathers died when he was 98 years old. He knew many many words lost today in French especially in the rural area because he was a peasant. You can imagine how much I learned from him. Keeping the memory of the past is a treasure.

      Sincerely Yours,

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      precy anza 

      2 months ago from USA

      @Patrick Rene

      Hi. No I am not. But glad to know another YouTuber is doing Bisaya lessons as for sure her lessons will help you with your Philippine languages comparison.

      As with "while" in Ilocano, I don't know either as I am not fluent 100% in Ilocano. Will ask my mom for you.

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      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      2 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      Hello Precy !

      Just wanted to know if you are in contact with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCmS8gwggA4

      She is doing the same with Bisaya.

      https://www.cebuano101.com/

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      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      2 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      Thank You very much Precy !

      I started learning Tagalog one month ago surfing the net and I found two other examples : habang nakangiti "while I am smiling" and habang natutulog "while I am sleeping". I was not sure of myself and now you confirm I understood well.

      Summarizing we can say now that gerund in Tagalog is just a little bit different from English but similar to Spanish. Next step I will try to find how it works in Ilocano :-) Can you help ? I want to compare the languages of The Philippines but will I live long enough ? That's the question ;-)

      In French : I do in doing

      In English : I do while doing

      In Tagalog : I do while I do

      In Spanish : I do MIENTRAS I do

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      precy anza 

      2 months ago from USA

      @ Patrick

      With the given example, the Tagalog equivalent of that is habang -

      Sumisipol ako habang naglalakad.

      Sumisipol ako I AM WHISTLING

      habang WHILE

      naglalakad WALKING

      JE MARCHE EN SIFFLANT.

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      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      2 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      Precy !

      Thanks for your answer. In fact my question was a "French question" :-) In French we use very much the gerundive, more than in English and we form it using two parts. I will give you more precise examples :

      I am walking in the street (and in the same time) I am whistling = I am whistling while walking.

      In French it gives : JE MARCHE EN SIFFLANT = litterally I WALK IN WHISTLING.

      What is the equivalent in Tagalog ? I noticed for many years that English uses WHILE instead of our IN : I WHISTLE WHILE WALKING

      MANY THANKS ONE MORE TIME !

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      precy anza 

      2 months ago from USA

      @ Patrick René Henri Jouannès

      Thanks for the heads up. Already edited the verb's past tense and imperative form.

      With your questions, first with the gerund, it is formed with the prefix pag + the root verb, also with pag + the first syllable of the root verb + the root verb. Two examples are pag-akyat (climbing) and paglalakad (walking).

      The basic or infinitive forms are the same with the imperative forms, examples are kUMain (imperative and past tense), magluto (imperative for MAG verb), kaINin (imperative form IN verb) and ilabas (imperative I verb).

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      precy anza 

      2 months ago from USA

      @Dee Jay

      Salamat Dee Jay. And glad you found this helpful although one section is confusing you.

      The noun that comes after ng, in this example is the woman or babae, took the spot of being the object of the sentence since it's an I verb which is an object-focus verb. But she's not really the topic of the sentence but the fish.

      Iluluto ng babae ang isda para sa hapunan.

      The fish will be cooked by the woman for dinner.

      With the second example using MAG verb, which is an actor-focus verb, the woman will do the action - the cooking.

      Magluluto ang babae ng isda para sa hapunan.

      The woman will cook fish for dinner.

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      precy anza 

      2 months ago from USA

      @DHanz888

      Hi. You've probably confused my article with Seasite website which has a good list of verbs, or maybe thought I was the owner of the site. But no I am not.

      In regards to your question, I haven't added new verbs yet here in my article but thanks for mentioning, I should add more when I get the time. With the other question you asked, the prefix MAG is only use for the future tense and imperative and not for the past tense. The MAG (for future tense) changes to NAG to form the present and past tense. As to why it changes to NAG, I don't have any other reason besides NAG is the present and past tense form.

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      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      3 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      OOPS ! you made a mistake in the line !

      sabi (say)

      sasabihin

      sinasabi

      binanggit

      banggitin

    • patrick jouannes profile image

      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      3 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      I have questions : - )

      1 How to build a past participle ?

      2 How to build a gerondive ?

      3 How to recognize that a word is an infinitive ?

      MANY THANKS !

    • patrick jouannes profile image

      PATRICK RENÉ HENRI JOUANNÈS 

      3 months ago from LACHAPELLE SAINT PIERRE

      Very instructive.

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      DHanz888 

      3 months ago

      Hi Precy, thanks again for your insights and hardwork in preparing and sharing this with us.

      I have a question, why in some books when the "Mag" is used for a verb as a past tense, but the present tense changes the "Nag"?

      Thanks again!

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      Dee Jay 

      3 months ago

      Hello, this is very helpful and clear. Maraming salamat po!

      There is one section which is confusing, that I saw twice, so could you please clarify:

      You said:

      "The noun 'babae' or woman comes after ng letting you know that the focus of the sentence is babae."

      then:

      "Ang now comes before 'babae' or woman letting you know that the focus is on babae, the actor"

      In both instances, you said the the "babae"/"woman" is the focus, regardless of whether it is preceded by ng or ang. Is this correct? Did you not mean to say that the object/fish is the focus for one of the sentences?

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      DHanz888 

      3 months ago

      Hi Seasite,

      I was wondering if there were a new chart of verbs or any awesome updates? Your site has been an awesome learning tool. Thank you for providing it.

      Dee

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      Rowena Aguila 

      4 months ago

      thanks much, Cynthia..very useful for my Tagalog students..

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      4 months ago from USA

      @ Cynthia Blair

      Salamat. :) Glad to know the article is easy to understand and explained well. Salamat din for sharing the link sa mga friends mo.

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      Cynthia Blair 

      4 months ago

      Wow! Ang mga pandiwa sa isang lugar! Malinaw ang explanation din! I have been sending your link to my friends, who are learning Tagalog. Maraming salamat po.

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      Ricky 

      4 months ago

      this is very helpful. salamat

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      Jill young 

      4 months ago

      I kinda dont get it I need it for a lesson in school I find this info useful but I can’t read everything

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      the timothy james 

      6 months ago

      Salamat, I found this very helpful

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      Aouie 

      7 months ago

      When do you use MAG- and not -UM-? Is there a rule as when to use the Mag- form instead of -UM- form & vice versa?

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      Olivia ruel 

      11 months ago

      It's easy to understand, really helpful.thanks.

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      Romon-Ben 

      12 months ago

      This is really helpfull salamat po

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      Precy 

      12 months ago

      Thanks for leaving a comment @Gregory Probst.

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      Gregory Probst 

      14 months ago

      Thank you for all of your hard work. I have learned so much from your videos and articles. Maraming salamat.

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