Tagalog Compound Adjectives

Some adjectives are made up of two words. Examples:

first word

second word

compound adjective

amoy

smell

isda’

fish

amoy-isda’

smelling of fish

lasa

taste

isda’

fish

lasang-isda’*

tasting of fish

first word

amoy

smell

second word

isda’

fish

compound adjective

amoy-isda’

smelling of fish

first word

lasa

taste

second word

isda’

fish

compound adjective

lasang-isda’*

tasting of fish

* If the first word ends in a vowel or /n/, -ng is added to it. See also: Na/-ng (p. 28)

Sentence:

Amoy-isda’ si Pedro.

Pedro smells of fish.

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