Tagalog In Twos etc.

rep2

-an

meaning

isa-isa

isahan

in ones, one by one, one at a time

dala-dalawa

dalawahan

in twos, in pairs, two at a time

tatlu-tatlo

tatluhan

in threes, three at a time

apat-apat

apatan

in fours, four at a time

lima-lima

limahan

in fives, five at a time

sampu-sampu’

sampuan

in tens, ten at a time

dala-dalawampu’

dalawampuan

in groups of 20, 20 at a time

rep2

isa-isa

-an

isahan

meaning

in ones, one by one, one at a time

rep2

dala-dalawa

-an

dalawahan

meaning

in twos, in pairs, two at a time

rep2

tatlu-tatlo

-an

tatluhan

meaning

in threes, three at a time

rep2

apat-apat

-an

apatan

meaning

in fours, four at a time

rep2

lima-lima

-an

limahan

meaning

in fives, five at a time

rep2

sampu-sampu’

-an

sampuan

meaning

in tens, ten at a time

rep2

dala-dalawampu’

-an

dalawampuan

meaning

in groups of 20, 20 at a time

Rep2 can also express the idea of excessive number.

Dala-dalawa ang laptop niya.

He/she has two laptops.

Lit. His/her laptops are two. (when only one is needed or expected)

See also: Syllable repetition (p. 27), Cardinal numbers (p. 236)

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