Mag-: Tagalog Noun Affix

two persons or things having the relationship expressed by the root

root

meaning

root + affix

meaning

ama

father

mag-ama

father and child

ina

mother

mag-ina

mother and child

bilas

spouse of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law (i.e. one’s spouse’s sibling’s spouse)

magbilas

a person and the spouse of his or her brother-in-law or sister-in-law

balae

parent of one’s son-in-law or daughter-in-law

magbalae

a person and a parent of his or her son-in-law or daughter-in-law

lolo

grandfather

maglolo

grandfather and grandchild

anak

child

mag-anak

family (parents and child/children)

asawa

spouse

mag-asawa

husband and wife

kapatid

sibling

magkapatid

two persons who are siblings

pinsan

cousin

magpinsan

two persons who are cousins

root

ama

meaning

father

root + affix

mag-ama

meaning

father and child

root

ina

meaning

mother

root + affix

mag-ina

meaning

mother and child

root

bilas

meaning

spouse of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law (i.e. one’s spouse’s sibling’s spouse)

root + affix

magbilas

meaning

a person and the spouse of his or her brother-in-law or sister-in-law

root

balae

meaning

parent of one’s son-in-law or daughter-in-law

root + affix

magbalae

meaning

a person and a parent of his or her son-in-law or daughter-in-law

root

lolo

meaning

grandfather

root + affix

maglolo

meaning

grandfather and grandchild

root

anak

meaning

child

root + affix

mag-anak

meaning

family (parents and child/children)

root

asawa

meaning

spouse

root + affix

mag-asawa

meaning

husband and wife

root

kapatid

meaning

sibling

root + affix

magkapatid

meaning

two persons who are siblings

root

pinsan

meaning

cousin

root + affix

magpinsan

meaning

two persons who are cousins

Mag- can also be added to nouns comprising of ka- (p. 69) and a root.

root + affix

meaning

root + affixes

meaning

kaklase

classmate

magkaklase

two persons who are classmates

kaopisina

colleague

magkaopisina

two persons who are colleagues

root + affix

kaklase

meaning

classmate

root + affixes

magkaklase

meaning

two persons who are classmates

root + affix

kaopisina

meaning

colleague

root + affixes

magkaopisina

meaning

two persons who are colleagues

Sentences:

Kumain ang mag-ama.

The dad and his child ate.

Mag-ama sila.

They are father and child.

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