Tagalog Intensifiers and Downtoners: Group 2 (Followed by the Root)

Group 2 intensifiers are combined with the root.

intensifier

meaning

example

meaning

ang

how, so

ang laki!

how big!

ang rep2

how (very), so

ang laki-laki!

how (very) big!

ang tali-talino

how (very) smart

napaka-

how, so

napakalaki

so big

sobra -ng

how, so

sobrang laki

so big

pagka- +rep2

how extremely

pagkalaki-laki!


how extremely big!

pagkatali-talino

how extremely smart

intensifier

ang

meaning

how, so

example

ang laki!

meaning

how big!

intensifier

ang rep2

meaning

how (very), so

example

ang laki-laki!

meaning

how (very) big!

example

ang tali-talino

meaning

how (very) smart

intensifier

napaka-

meaning

how, so

example

napakalaki

meaning

so big

intensifier

sobra -ng

meaning

how, so

example

sobrang laki

meaning

so big

intensifier

pagka- +rep2

meaning

how extremely

example

pagkalaki-laki!

meaning

how extremely big!

example

pagkatali-talino

meaning

how extremely smart

See also: Na/-ng (p. 28), Syllable repetition (p. 27)

When a Group 2 intensifier is used, the person or thing described is expressed as a Ng phrase (p. 59).

Medyo malaki ang aso.

The dog is pretty big.

Napakalaki ng aso.

The dog is so big.

Medyo malaki iyan.

That’s pretty big.

Napakalaki niyan.

That’s so big.

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