TAYO

Two primary meanings for the Tagalog word tayo.


tayo
inclusive we

Compare with the exclusive ‘we’ word kami.

Tayo ay masaya.
We are happy.

Tayo ay magkaibigan.
We are friends.

Tayong dalawa.
We two.

Tayo na!
Let’s go!

Kumain tayo!
Let’s eat.


When pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, the word tayô means ‘to stand’ or ‘to build.’

Tayô na!
Stand up already!

Tumayo ka.
Stand up, you.

Tumayo tayo.
Let’s stand.

Tumayo ang balahibo ko.
My hair bristled. (I was scared.)

magpatayó
to have something built

Nagpatayo ako ng paaralan.
I had a school built.

Magpatayo ka ng simbahan.
Have a church built.

patayo
standing, vertical, perpendicular