Tagalog Articles

Tagalog Articles

If you're trying to learn Tagalog Articles which is also called Filipino, check our courses about Definite and Indefinite Articles... to help you with your Tagalog 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 Tagalog. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Tagalog Articles

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 ArticlesTagalog Articles
articlesartikulo
theang
aisang
oneisa
someilan
fewilan
the bookang libro
the bookssa mga libro
a bookisang libro
one bookisang libro
some booksang ilang mga libro
few booksilang 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 VocabularyTagalog Vocabulary
Foodpagkain
almondsmga almendras
breadtinapay
breakfastalmusal
buttermantikilya
candykendi
cheesekeso
chickenmanok
cuminkumin
dessertdessert
dinnerhapunan
fishisda
fruitprutas
ice creamsurbetes
lambtupa
lemonlimon
lunchtanghalian
mealpagkain
meatkarne
ovenoben
pepperpaminta
plantsmga halaman
porkbaboy
saladsalad
saltasin
sandwichsanwits
sausagebatutay
soupsopas
sugarasukal
supperhapunan
turkeypabo
applemansanas
bananasaging
orangesmga dalandan
peachesmga milokoton
peanutmani
pearsmga peras
pineapplepinya
grapesmga ubas
strawberriesstrawberries
vegetablesmga gulay
carrotkarot
cornpapkorn
cucumberpipino
garlicbawang
lettucelitsugas
olivesoliba
onionsmga sibuyas
pepperspeppers
potatoespatatas
pumpkinkalabasa
beanspatani
tomatoesmga kamatis

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.


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