Tagalog Polite “You”

Kayo, you (plural), is used instead of ikaw/ka, you (singular), to address older people, superiors, adult strangers and adult customers.

Sila, they, is also often used to address customers and high-ranking officials. It is also used when asking an adult stranger who he or she is. Example:

Sino po’ sila?

May I have your name, please?

May I know who you are?

Who’s speaking?

Lit. Who are they?

See also: po’/ho’ 1 (p. 325)

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