Learning the Tagalog Articles is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Tagalog language. But first we need to know what the role of Articles is in the structure of the grammar in Tagalog.
Tagalog articles are words that combine with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Generally articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun. Examples are "the, a, and an".
In Tagalog the is usually translated with ang and the indefinite article a with ng. However Tagalog uses an entirely different approach, ang is called a focus marker, ng a out of focus marker. The noun in focus is the noun which is talked about. For example Ang bahay ng lalaki maganda, The house of the man is beautiful. Beatiful is a description of the house, not of the man, since ang puts the house in focus. Here are some examples:
|English Articles||Tagalog Articles|
|the book||ang libro|
|the books||sa mga libro|
|a book||isang libro|
|one book||isang libro|
|some books||ang ilang mga libro|
|few books||ilang mga libro|
As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Articles in Tagalog has a logical pattern. Locate the Articles above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Filipino.
List of Articles in Tagalog
Below is a list of vocabulary where you can use the Definite and Indefinite Articles in Tagalog. Try to practice but also memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Tagalog vocabulary.
|English Vocabulary||Tagalog Vocabulary|
Definite and Indefinite Articles have a very important role in Tagalog, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Filipino Articles, you might want to check the rest of our Tagalog lessons here: Learn Tagalog. Don't forget to bookmark this page.