Panghalip na Pamatlig Worksheets

The pdf worksheets and answer keys below on Filipino demonstrative pronouns (mga panghalip na pamatlig) are free.  The pronouns included in the worksheets are ito, iyan, iyon, nito, niyan, niyon, dito, diyan, doon, rito, riyan, and roon.

You may print and photocopy them for your students or children but please do not redistribute them for profit.

1.  Pagkilala sa Panghalip na Pamatlig_1Mga sagot sa Pagkilala sa Panghalip na Pamatlig_1 : This 20-item worksheet asks the student to identify the demonstrative pronoun in each item.

2.  Pagpili ng Tamang Panghalip na Pamatlig_1Mga sagot sa Pagpili ng Tamang Panghalip na Pamatlig_1 : This 30-item worksheet asks the student to write the correct demonstrative pronoun that can replace the underlined phrase in each sentence.

3.  Pagpili ng Tamang Panghalip na Pamatlig_2Mga sagot sa Pagpili ng Tamang Panghalip na Pamatlig_2 :  This 20-item worksheet asks the student to select the demonstrative pronoun that completes the sentence.  The student selects his/her answer from three given demonstrative pronouns.

4.  Pagbigay ng Panghalip na Pamatlig_1Mga sagot sa Pagbigay ng Panghalip na Pamatlig_1 : This 20-item worksheet asks the student to provide the demonstrative pronoun that completes the sentence.

Aralin sa Panghalip na Pamatlig

This 6-page pdf lesson below is on Filipino demonstrative pronouns  or panghalip na pamatlig.  Included are three sets of demonstrative pronouns: (1) ito, iyan, iyon; (2) nito, niyan, niyon; and (3) dito/rito, diyan/riyan, doon/roon.

Aralin sa Panghalip na Pamatlig

According to Paul Schachter and Fe T. Otanes in their book Tagalog Reference Grammar, these demonstrative pronouns are also called deictic pronouns. This means that the full meaning of the pronoun depends on the context in which it is used.

Choosing the appropriate Filipino pronoun for a specific situation depends on the location of the referent noun relative to the speaker and the person being addressed.

The important thing to remember about pronouns is that they are used in place of nouns or noun phrases, or they’re used to replace nouns or noun phrases.  If you can use the word to replace a noun or noun phrase, then the word is a pronoun.

The problem with some of these Filipino pronouns is that they’re not always used as pronouns.  Sometimes they act like adjectives or adverbs.  This is the reason why I did not include the words narito, nariyan, and naroon, and ganito, ganiyan/ganyan, and ganoon.  According to Filipino and English dictionaries, these words are adverbs.  Some even say they’re both adjectives and adverbs.  (Several webpages say these words are demonstrative pronouns.)

Even the words dito, diyan, and doon are adverbs.  They are often used to replace prepositional phrases.

It’s not always easy to find a straightforward relationship between the Filipino and the English languages. The English language is not as flexible (and forgiving) as the Filipino language.  Much of Filipino conversation is based on context.