Malagasy Verbs

If you're trying to learn Malagasy Verbs you will find some useful resources including a course about Verbs in the present past and future tense... to help you with your Malagasy grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Malagasy. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Malagasy Verbs

Learning the Malagasy Verbs is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Malagasy language. But first we need to know what the role of Verbs is in the structure of the grammar in Malagasy.

Malagasy verbs are words that convey action (bring, read, walk, run), or a state of being (exist, stand). In most languages a verb may agree with the person, gender, and/or number of some of its arguments, such as its subject, or object.

Grammar Tips:

-       Present Tense

In Malagasy, verbs remain with the same structure and don’t take any endings to form the present tense. However, most of the verbs in present tense begin with the letter “m”.

 

Examples: Miteny aho (I speak); Matory izy (he/she is sleeping); Manorana ny andro (it’s raining); Mihira izy ireo (they are singing)

 

-       Past Tense

In Malagasy, verbs remain with the same structure and don’t take any endings to form the present tense. However, most of the verbs in past tense begin with the letter “n”.

 

Examples: NIteny aho (I spoke); Natory izy (he/she slept); Nanorana ny andro (it was raining); Nihira izy ireo (they were singing)

 

-       Future Tense

In Malagasy, verbs remain with the same structure and don’t take any endings to form the future tense. However, most of the verbs in future tense begin with the letter “h”.

 

Examples: Hiteny aho (I will speak); Hatory izy (he/she will sleep); Hanorana ny andro (it will be raining); Hihira izy ireo (they will sing)


Here are some examples:

English VerbsMalagasy Verbs
VerbsMatoateny
PastLasa
I spokeniteny aho
I wrotenanoratra aho
I drovenitondra aho
I lovedtiako
I gavenomeko
I smilednitsiky aho
I tooknoraisiko/nalaiko
he spokeniteny izy
he wrotenanoratra izy
he drovenitondra izy
he lovedtiany
he gavenanome izy
he smilednitsiky izy
he tooknoraisiny/nalaiko
we spokeniteny izahay
we wrotenanoratra izahay
we drovenitondra izahay
we lovedtianay
we gavenanome izahay
we smilednitsiky izahay
we tooknoraisinay/nalainay
Futureho avy
I will speakhiteny aho
I will writehanoratra aho
I will drivehitondra izahay
I will loveho tianay/hotiavinay
I will givehomenay
I will smilehitsiky izahay
I will takehoraisinay/halainay
he will speakhiteny izy
he will writehanoratra izy
he will drivehitondra izy
he will loveho tiany/hotiaviny
he will givehanome izy/homeny
he will smilehitsiky izy
he will takehoraisiny/halainy
we will speakhiteny izahay
we will writehanoratra izahay
we will drivehitondra izy
we will loveho tianay/hotiavinay
we will givehanome izahay/homenay
we will smilehitsiky izahay
we will takehoraisinay/halainay
Present
I speakmiteny aho
I writemanoratra aho
I drivemitondra aho
I lovetiako
I givemanome aho
I smilemitsiky aho
I takemaka aho/alaiko
he speaksmiteny izy
he writesmanoratra izy
he drivesmitondra izy
he lovestiany
he givesomeny
he smilesmitsiky izy
he takesalainy/raisiny
we speakmiteny izahay
we writemanoratra izahay
we drivemitondra izahay
we lovetianay
we giveomenay
we smilemitsiky izahay
we takealainay

Notice the structure of the Verbs in Malagasy.

List of Verbs in Malagasy

Below is a list of the conjugated Verbs in the present past and future in Malagasy placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Malagasy vocabulary.

English VerbsMalagasy Verbs
I can accept thatafaka manaiky izany aho
she added itnampiany io
we admit ittsorinay izany
they advised himnanoloro hevitra azy izy ireo
I can agree with thatafaka miombon-kevitra amin'izany aho
she allows itavelany io
we announce itteneninay
I can apologizeafaka miala tsiny aho
she appears todaymiseho androany izy
they arranged thatnamboariny izany
I can arrive tomorrowafaka ny ho tonga rahampitso aho
she can ask himafaka manontany azy izy
she attaches thatnalefany miaraka amin'io ito
we attack themnamely azy ireo izahay
they avoid herniataka taminy izy ireo
I can bake it
she is like himtahaka azy izy
we beat itresinay izany
they became happylasa faly izy ireo
I can begin thatafaka atomboko izany
we borrowed moneynindram-bola izahay
they breathe airmifoka rivotra izy ireo
I can bring itafaka entiko io
I can build thatafaka amboariko io
she buys foodmividy sakafo izy
we calculate itkaontinay io
they carry itentiny io
they don't cheattsy misoloky/ tsy mamitaka izy ireo
she chooses himmisafidy azy izy
we close itidianay io
he comes heretonga ato izy
I can compare thatafaja mapitahy izany aho
she competes with memifanina amiko izy
we complain about itmitaraina mikasika izany izahay
they continued readingnanohy ny famakiana izy ireo
he cried about thatnitomany noho izany izy
I can decide nowafaka manapa-kevitra izao aho
she described it to menotantarainy tamin'ny antsipiriany tamiko ilay izy
we disagree about ittsy miombon-kevitra aminareo mikasika izany izahay
they disappeared quicklynanjavona haingana izy ireo
I discovered thathitako izany
she dislikes thattsy tiany izany
we do itataonay io
they dream about itmanofy an'izany izy ireo
I earnednahazo
he eats a lotmihinana be dia be izy
we enjoyed thatnahafinaritra anay ilay izy/tianay ilay izy
they entered hereniditra teto izy ireo
he escaped thatnitsoaka an' io izy
I can explain thatafaka manazava izany aho
she feels that toonahatsapa izany ihany koa izy
we fled from therenisidina avy teo izahay
they will fly tomorrowhisidina rahampitso izy ireo/handeha fiaramanidina rahampitso izy ireo
I can follow youafaka manaraka anao aho
she forgot menohadinoiny aho
we forgive himadinonay izy
I can give her thatafaka omeko azy ito
she goes theremandeha any izy
we greeted themniarahaba azy ireo izahay
I hate thathalako izany
I can hear ithenoko izany
she imagine thatalainy sary an-tsaina izany
we invited themnanasa azy ireo izahay
I know himfantatro izy
she learned itnianarany io
we leave nowmandeha izao izahay
they lied about himnandainga mikasika an'azy izy ireo
I can listen to thathenoko izany
she lost thatnohariany io
we made it yesterdaynatoanay omaly io
they met himnifanena taminy izy ireo
I misspell thattsy voatonoko izany/tsy voaraiko tsara izany
I always praymivavaka foana aho
she prefers thataleony kokoa io
we protected themnoharovanay izy ireo
they will punish herhosaziany izy
I can put it thereafaka apetrako eto ito
she will read ithamaky an'io izy
we received thatvoarainy izany
they refuse to talktsy mety hiresaka izy reo
I remember thattadidiko izany
she repeats thataveriny izany
we see ithitanay io
they sell itamidiny io
I sent that yesterdaynalefako omaly izany
he shaved his beardniaratra izy
it shrunk quickly
we will sing ithohirainay io
they sat therenipetraka teo izy ireo
I can speak itafaka miteny izany aho
she spends moneymandany vola izy
we suffered from thatnijaly noho izany izahay
they suggest thatizany no tolo-kevitra nomeny
I surprised himnahatalanjona azy aho
she took thatnalainy io
we teach itampianarinay io
they told usnolazainy izahay
she thanked himnisaotra azy izy
I can think about itafaka mieritreritra mikasika izany aho
she threw itnariany ilay izy
we understand thatazonay izany
they want thatilainy izany
I can wear itafaka manao an'io aho
she writes thatmanoratra izao izy
we talk about itmiresaka mikasika izany izahay
they have itazony ilay izy
I watched itnojereko ilay izy
I will talk about ithiresaka mikasika izany aho
he bought that yesterdaynovidiany omaly io
we finished itvitanay io

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