ABALA

Notice the different stress on the syllables on this word, depending on whether it’s used as an adjective or noun.

abala, adj
busy, occupied with something

Abala ako sa paghahanda.
I’m busy preparing.

abalang-abala
very occupied

Abalang-abala ako ngayon.
I’ve got my hands full right now.


abalahin, v
to bother

Inaabala mo ako.
You’re bothering me.

Inabala na naman ako ni Juan.
Juan bothered me again.

Huwag mong abalahin ang lola mo.
Don’t bother your grandmother.


abala, n
a burden on someone, an inconvenience

Abala ba ako?
Am I a bother?