Tagalog Verbs Used as Nouns and Their Objects

The object of a verb that is used as a noun (p. 85) may be expressed as a Ng phrase (p. 59) or a Sa phrase (p. 59). Examples:

ang kumain ng mangga

the one who ate a/the mango

ang kumain sa mangga

the one who ate the mango

ang kumain nito

the one who ate this

ang kumain dito

the one who ate this

(can also be understood as the one who ate here)

Exception: If the object of a verb that is used as a noun is a personal name* or a personal pronoun, it can only be expressed as a Sa phrase.

ang nakakita’ kay Grace

the one who saw Grace

ang nakakita’ sa kanya

the one who saw him/her

* Personal names are names that refer to specific persons, animals, cartoon characters or anything with a personality.

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