Kanino: Tagalog Question Word

whose, who(m)

Kanino is used in the same way as a Sa phrase referring to a person.

A: Kay Mary ito.

B: Kanino ito?

A: This is Mary’s.

B: Whose is this?

A: Tumawag kay John si Fred.

B: Tumawag kanino si Fred?

Kanino tumawag si Fred?

A: Fred called John.

B: Who did Fred call?

Lit. Fred called whom?

A: Para kay Fred ito.

B: Para kanino ito?

A: This is for Fred.

B: Who is this for?

Lit. This is for whom?

Kanino -ng whose

Kaninong bag ito?

Whose bag is this?

See also: Sa phrase (p. 59), Na/-ng (p. 28)

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