Tagalog Question Words: Overview

The following question words are used in Tagalog. The plural forms may be used when a plural answer is expected.

singular or plural

plural

meaning

ano

anu-ano

what

alin

alin-alin

which

kailan (kelan)

kai-kailan

when

bakit

-

why

sino

sinu-sino

who(m), which (person/s)

nino

ninu-nino

whose, who(m)

kanino

kani-kanino

whose, who(m)

na kanino

na kani-kanino

with whom (in whose possession, at whose place/s)

saan (san)

saan-saan

where, which (place/s), what

nasaan (nasan, asan)

-

where (is/are/was/were), which (place/s) (is/are/was/were)

paano (pano)

paa-paano

how (manner, means)

kumusta / kamusta (musta)

-

how (is/are/was/were) (quality, condition)

gaano (gano)

gaa-gaano

how (extent, degree, quantity)

ilan

ilan-ilan

how many

magkano

magka-magkano

how much (price)

singular or plural

ano

plural

anu-ano

meaning

what

singular or plural

alin

plural

alin-alin

meaning

which

singular or plural

kailan (kelan)

plural

kai-kailan

meaning

when

singular or plural

bakit

plural

-

meaning

why

singular or plural

sino

plural

sinu-sino

meaning

who(m), which (person/s)

singular or plural

nino

plural

ninu-nino

meaning

whose, who(m)

singular or plural

kanino

plural

kani-kanino

meaning

whose, who(m)

singular or plural

na kanino

plural

na kani-kanino

meaning

with whom (in whose possession, at whose place/s)

singular or plural

saan (san)

plural

saan-saan

meaning

where, which (place/s), what

singular or plural

nasaan (nasan, asan)

plural

-

meaning

where (is/are/was/were), which (place/s) (is/are/was/were)

singular or plural

paano (pano)

plural

paa-paano

meaning

how (manner, means)

singular or plural

kumusta / kamusta (musta)

plural

-

meaning

how (is/are/was/were) (quality, condition)

singular or plural

gaano (gano)

plural

gaa-gaano

meaning

how (extent, degree, quantity)

singular or plural

ilan

plural

ilan-ilan

meaning

how many

singular or plural

magkano

plural

magka-magkano

meaning

how much (price)

Ba may be used in questions using question words.

Saan (ba) pumunta si Fred?

Where did Fred go?

See also: Ba (p. 325)

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