Welcome back! In this video, we’ll practice the pattern to be so… in Tagalog.
All right. Do you remember the to be something pattern? Well, it uses Ang phrases.
Maganda ang babae.
Maganda si Jen.
All of the highlighted phrases are Ang phrases.
Let’s look at the corresponding intensified sentences. Here, the intensified pattern Ang
+ root is followed by a Ng phrase.
Ang ganda mo.– You’re so beautiful.
Ang ganda ng babae. – The woman is so
Ang ganda ni Jen. – Jen is so
Ang ganda nito. – This is so
All of the highlighted phrases are Ng phrases.
There are other intensifiers that go with Ng phrases. One example is napaka-.
So you say:
– This is beautiful.
But Napakaganda nito. – This is so
Nito is the corresponding Ng phrase of ito.
Let’s try a different root. Galing which means skill. So magaling
means skilled or good (at something).
– He or she is good (at it).
Magaling si Joe.
– Joe is good (at it).
This is just the to be something pattern again.
Now, the intensified pattern.
Magaling becomes ang galing.
Siya becomes niya.
Si Joe becomes ni Joe.
So we get:
Ang galing niya.
– He or she is so good (at it).
And Ang galing ni Joe. – Joe is so good (at it).
We hope you found this Tagalog grammar series useful. If you want to learn to
speak Tagalog fluently, you can take our course at learningtagalog.com. You can also check
out our comprehensive Tagalog grammar reference with plenty of useful examples.
The online version is free.
Thank you for watching.
Back to video index