Tagalog Verbs

Tagalog Verbs

If you're trying to learn Tagalog Verbs which is also called Filipino, check our courses about Verbs in the present past and future tense... 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 Verbs

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

Tagalog 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. Here are some examples:

English VerbsTagalog Verbs
VerbsVerbs
PastNakalipas
I spokeAko nagsalita
I wroteAko wrote
I droveKo kawan
I lovedIniibig ko
I gaveIbinigay ko
I smiledI smiled
I tookIninom ko ang
he spokesiya rayos ng gulong
he wrotesiya wrote
he drovesiya kawan
he lovedsiya iniibig
he gaveibinigay niya
he smiledsiya smiled
he tooksiya kinuha
we spokekami nagsalita
we wrotenamin wrote
we drovenamin kawan
we lovednamin iniibig
we gaveIbinigay namin
we smilednamin smiled
we tooknamin kinuha
FutureHinaharap
I will speakako ay makipag-usap
I will writeako ay sumulat
I will driveay ako drive
I will loveako ay pag-ibig
I will giveay ako bigyan
I will smileako ay ngumiti
I will takeGagawa ako ng mga
he will speakay siya magsalita
he will writesiya ay sumulat
he will drivesiya ay drive
he will lovesiya ay pag-ibig
he will givesiya ay magbigay ng
he will smilesiya ay ngumiti
he will takesiya ay kumuha ng
we will speakkami ay nagsasalita ng
we will writekami ay sumulat
we will drivekami ay drive
we will lovekami ay pag-ibig
we will givebibigyan namin
we will smilekami ay ngiti
we will takekami ay kumuha ng
PresentKasalukuyan
I speakginagamit ko
I writesumulat ako
I drivedrive ko
I lovepag-ibig ko
I givebigyan ko
I smilengiti ko
I takekunin ko
he speakssiya nagsasalita
he writessiya writes
he drivessiya nag-mamaneho
he lovessiya loves
he givessiya ay nagbibigay sa
he smilessiya smiles
he takessiya tumatagal
we speakmakipag-usap namin
we writeisulat namin
we drivedrive namin
we lovepag-ibig namin
we givebigyan namin
we smilengiti namin
we takedalhin namin

If we look at Tagalog, they to have a past present and future. But they do not consider number! That is a verb is not conjugated according to number, you can not tell who is doing it from the verb alone only when! Verbs are conjugated by reduplicating the first syllable and by infixing um between the consonant and vowel of the first syllable. For example kain --> kumain --> kumakain --> kakain.

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

List of Verbs in Tagalog

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

English VerbsTagalog Verbs
I can accept thatMaaari ko tanggapin na
she added itsiya idinagdag ito
we admit itaminin natin ito
they advised himsila pinapayuhan sa kanya
I can agree with thatako sumasang-ayon sa na
she allows itsiya ay nagbibigay-daan ito
we announce itnamin ipahayag ito
I can apologizeako ay humihingi ng paumanhin
she appears todaysiya ay lilitaw ngayon
they arranged thatsila na inayos
I can arrive tomorrowako dumating bukas
she can ask himmaaaring siya magtanong sa kanya
she attaches thatsiya na attaches
we attack thematake namin sa kanila
they avoid heriwasan nila ang kanyang
I can bake itako maghurno ito
she is like himsiya ay tulad ng sa kanya
we beat itnamin matalo ito
they became happyna sila ay naging masaya
I can begin thatmaaari ako magsisimula na
we borrowed moneynamin hiniram ng pera
they breathe airhuminga sila hangin
I can bring itako magdala ito
I can build thatmaaari ako magtayo na
she buys foodsiya pagbili ng pagkain
we calculate itnamin makalkula ito
they carry itcarry nila ito
they don't cheathindi sila impostor
she chooses himsiya pipili sa kanya
we close itkami close ito
he comes heresiya ay dumating dito
I can compare thatMaaari ko bang ihambing na
she competes with mesiya nakikipagkumpetensya sa akin
we complain about itmagreklamo tayo tungkol dito
they continued readingsila ay patuloy na pagbabasa
he cried about thatsiya cried tungkol na
I can decide nowako magdesisyon ngayon
she described it to mesiya na inilarawan ito sa akin
we disagree about ithindi sumasang-ayon kami tungkol dito
they disappeared quicklyNaglaho sila mabilis
I discovered thatNatuklasan ko na
she dislikes thatsiya dislikes na
we do itginagawa namin ito
they dream about itpangarap nila ang tungkol dito
I earnedAko nakakuha
he eats a lotsiya kumakain ng isang pulutong
we enjoyed thatNaging masaya kami na
they entered heresila ipinasok dito
he escaped thatsiya nakatakas na
I can explain thatmaaari ako ipaliwanag na
she feels that toonararamdaman niya na masyadong
we fled from therekami fled mula doon
they will fly tomorrowsila ay lumipad bukas
I can follow youMaaari ko sundin mo
she forgot menakalimutan niya ako
we forgive himpatawarin mo kami sa kanya
I can give her thatMaaari ko magbigay sa kanya na
she goes theresiya ang papunta doon
we greeted themnamin greeted sa kanila
I hate thathate ko na
I can hear itMaaari ko marinig ito
she imagine thatakala niya na
we invited themInaanyayahan namin ang mga ito
I know himalam ko sa kanya
she learned itsiya natutunan ito
we leave nowumalis kami ngayon
they lied about himsila lied tungkol sa kanya
I can listen to thatako makinig sa na
she lost thatsiya nawala na
we made it yesterdayginawa namin ito kahapon
they met himsila ay natutugunan sa kanya
I misspell thatAko na bumaybay nang pamali
I always prayAko laging manalangin
she prefers thatsiya prefers na
we protected themnamin na protektado ang mga ito
they will punish hersila ay parusahan ang kanyang
I can put it thereMaaari ko bang ilagay ito doon
she will read itsiya ay basahin ito
we received thatna aming natanggap na
they refuse to talkayaw nila na makipag-usap
I remember thattandaan ko na
she repeats thatsiya repeats na
we see itnakita namin ito
they sell itibenta nila ito
I sent that yesterdayIpinadala ko na kahapon
he shaved his beardsiya ahit ang kanyang balbas
it shrunk quicklyito shrunk mabilis
we will sing itkami ay kantahin ito
they sat theresila SA doon
I can speak itmaaari ako makipag-usap ito
she spends moneysiya gumastos ng pera
we suffered from thattiniis namin na mula sa
they suggest thatIminumungkahi nila na
I surprised himMabigla ako sa kanya
she took thatsiya kinuha na
we teach itmagturo namin ito
they told ussila na sinasabi sa amin
she thanked himsiya thanked kanya
I can think about itako isipin ang tungkol dito
she threw itsiya threw ito
we understand thatNaiintindihan namin na ang
they want thatgusto nila na
I can wear itmaaari ako magsuot ito
she writes thatsiya writes na
we talk about itusapan namin ang tungkol dito
they have itsila ito
I watched itBantayan ko ito
I will talk about itako ay makipag-usap tungkol sa mga ito
he bought that yesterdaysiya binili na kahapon
we finished itkami tapos na ito

Tagalog has a complex verb conjugation. Verbs are conjugated by reduplicating the first syllable and by the infix –um- and –in-. Or by prefixing ma-, mag- or mang- before a verb. For example to eat kain would be conjugated as kumain kumakain kain kakain. The mag verb is very versatile and is often used to conjugate Englis verbs or nouns. I once heard my wife say (she is from the Philipines) mag-door-doorbell someone is ringing the doorbell.

Verbs in the present past and future tense have a very important role in Tagalog, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Filipino Verbs, 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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