PAG

The word pag has many meanings in Tagalog.

It could be short for the word kapag, meaning if, when, whenever or upon.

Kapag tumibok ang puso
= ‘Pag tumibok ang puso
When the heart beats


“Pag may time”
“If there’s time”

Filipino slang phrase often used after a verb or even a noun that is repeated twice.

Hugas hugas ‘pag may time
Wash wash if there’s time
(could mean only washes if there’s time)


The syllable pag is also often attached in front of words to make them into a noun.

iwas
avoid

pag-iwas
act of avoiding

sagot
answer

Ang iyong pagsagot
Your act of answering

inom
to drink

ang pag-inom
the act of drinking

ang pag-download ng software
the act of downloading software


There are many other ways the syllable pag can transform the meaning of Tagalog words.

lakbay
travel

paglakbayin
to allow one to travel


Foreigners often encounter pag in the word pag-ibig (the noun for love). Examples of other common Tagalog words that start with pag: pagkakataon (opportunity), pagkakaiba (difference), pag-asa (hope)