NAPAKA-

This is a prefix.

napaka-
so very

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SA

The Tagalog word sa is a preposition that can mean to, at, in, for or on, depending on the context.

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PALA-

As a prefix, pala- may connote something done habitually.

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Superlative Form of Adjectives

The Tagalog word for ‘adjective’ is pang-uri.

SUPERLATIVE FORM OF TAGALOG ADJECTIVES

pinaka-
the most ~

pinakamaganda
the most beautiful

pinakamatalino
the smartest

Ito ang pinakamalinis.
This is the cleanest.

Siya ang pinakamalakas.
She/He is the strongest.

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How to Be Polite in Tagalog

Maging Magalang = Be Polite

When talking to people older than you, the easiest way to make your sentences polite is to add po, usually at the end.

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NG (“of” )

ng

By itself, ng serves as a possessive or genitive marker in Tagalog sentences. An easy way to look at one of its uses is to see it as meaning ‘of’ in English.

balat ng hayop
skin of an animal
(animal’s skin)

 

anak ng babae
child of a woman
(a woman’s child)

 

ulo ng tao
head of a person
(a person’s head)

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NINA

The Tagalog word nina is placed before names in certain contexts. The singular counterpart is ni.

bahay nina Mark at Lisa
house of Mark and Lisa

ang guro nina Tom at Jim
the teacher of Tom and Jim

In Tagalog grammar, nina is called a “plural actor / possessive personal article.”
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Usage of “naka-” in Tagalog

In one usage, the prefix naka- expresses the idea of wearing the article of clothing, accessory, or color that is designated by the noun that naka- attaches to.

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