The original meaning of the Tagalog word minsan is ‘once.’ It is now commonly understood in conversation to mean ‘sometimes’ as a short version of paminsan-minsan (from time to time).
I once loved you.
from time to time, occasionally,
sometimes, now and then
Minsan may duda ako.
Sometimes I have doubts.
Mahalin mo ako minsan pa.
Love me once more.
used to describe a one-time thing
Minsanan ang pagkakataong ito.
This opportunity comes once.
Minsanan lang ang ganitong pagkakataon.
This kind of opportunity comes only once.
Ang kasalungat ng salitang minsan ay parati o lagi.
The opposite is the word ‘sometimes’ is ‘all the time’ or ‘always.’