Tagalog Words Expressing Manner

Describing words expressing manner are used as follows:

1. When used at the beginning of a sentence, they are often followed by na/-ng. Examples:

Mabilis na tumakbo si John.

John ran fast.

Patagilid na nahulog si John.

John fell sideways.

Parang luku-lukong sumigaw si John.

John screamed like a madman.

2. When used elsewhere in a sentence, they are preceded by nang or, in a few cases, by na/-ng.

Tumakbo si John nang mabilis.

John ran fast.

Nahulog si John nang patagilid.

John fell sideways.

Sumigaw si John na parang luku-luko.

John screamed like a madman.

Other examples of describing words expressing manner:

biglang

nang bigla’

suddenly

dala-dalawang

nang dala-dalawa

in twos

gaya ng kotse(ng)

nang gaya ng kotse

like a car

ganito kabilis (na)

nang ganito kabilis

this fast

umiiyak na

na umiiyak

crying

biglang

nang bigla’

suddenly

dala-dalawang

nang dala-dalawa

in twos

gaya ng kotse(ng)

nang gaya ng kotse

like a car

ganito kabilis (na)

nang ganito kabilis

this fast

umiiyak na

na umiiyak

crying

See also: Na/-ng (p. 28)

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