Tagalog Pronouns

Tagalog Pronouns

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Tagalog Pronouns

Learning the Tagalog Pronouns 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 Pronouns is in the structure of the grammar in Tagalog.

Tagalog pronouns include personal pronouns (refer to the persons speaking, the persons spoken to, or the persons or things spoken about), indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns (connect parts of sentences) and reciprocal or reflexive pronouns (in which the object of a verb is being acted on by verb's subject).

In Tagalog there are three sorts of pronouns, the ANG pronouns, the Ng (pronounced nang) pronouns and the Sa pronouns. The first group corresponds with the English pronouns I, you, he etc.

 

ANG is called a focus marker, it marks the subject, or the actor of a sentence, since he, she or it is in the focus of conversation.

Saan ka pupunta? Where are you going (used the same way as the English phrase “How are you?”)

Ako mabuti. I am fine.

 

NG pronounced nang is called the out of focus marker and it usually describes the object or the one or theme talked about.

Hindi ko alam. I don’t know

Nasaan aklatmo where is your book

 

Sa is a direction or place marker also it introduces the beneficiary of an action.

Nasa akin ang libro mo. Your book is with me.

Nakatira ako sa kanila. I am staying with the place.

Binili ko ang bulaklak para sa iyo. I bought flowers for you.

 

ANG Pronouns

 

I

Ako

you

ikaw/ka

he

siya

she

siya

we

kami [exclusive]/tayo [inclusive]

you

kayo

they

sila

NG Pronouns

 

my / mine

ko

your / yours

mo

his

niya

her / hers

niya

our / ours

namin [exclusive] / natin [inclusive]

your / yours

ninyo

their /theirs

nila

SA Pronouns

 

for me

sa akin

for you

sa iyo

for him

sa kanya

for her

sa kanya

for us

sa amin [exclusive] / sa atin [inclusive]

for you

sa inyo

for them

sa kanila


Here are some more examples:

English PronounsTagalog Pronouns
PronounsPronouns
IAko
youkayo
hesiya
shesiya
wekami
theysila
meako
youkayo
himsa kanya
herkanya
uskami
themsa kanila
myko
youriyong
hisang kanyang
herkanya
ourang aming
theirang kanilang
mineminahan
yoursinyo
hisang kanyang
herskanya
oursatin
theirskanila

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Pronouns in Tagalog has a logical pattern. Locate the Pronouns above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Filipino.

List of Pronouns in Tagalog

Below is a list of the Personal pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, reciprocal or reflexive pronouns in Tagalog placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Tagalog vocabulary.

English PronounsTagalog Pronouns
I speakginagamit ko
you speakmakipag-usap sa iyo
he speakssiya nagsasalita
she speakssiya nagsasalita
we speakmakipag-usap namin
they speakmakipag-usap sila
give mebigyan ako
give youmagbigay sa iyo
give himmagbigay sa kanya
give hermagbigay sa kanya
give usbigyan sa amin
give thembigyan sila ng
my bookang aking mga libro
your bookang iyong mga libro
his bookang kanyang mga libro
her bookkanyang libro
our bookang aming mga libro
their bookkanilang mga libro

Personal pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, reciprocal or reflexive pronouns have a very important role in Tagalog, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Filipino Pronouns, 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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