List of Filipino Verbs (Pandiwa)

Below is the link to a 16-page pdf file that alphabetically lists around 400 Filipino verbs (mga pandiwa) in different grammatical tenses. It is best to download and save the file first, and open it with the Adobe Acrobat Reader if you want to print a portion of the file or the entire file.

Mga Pandiwa sa Ibat Ibang Panahunan

The second to fourth columns list the conjugated verbs in the past, present, and future tenses (aspektong pangnagdaan, pangkasalukuyan, at panghinaharap). The fifth column lists the infinitive verbs (pandiwang pawatas). The last column lists the verbs in the aspektong katatapos.

Each Filipino actor-focus verb is followed by its corresponding Filipino object-focus verb.  For example, the actor-focus and object-focus verb pairs bantay (infinitive: magbantay) and bantayan, hintay (infinitive: maghintay) and hintayin, balik (infinitive: bumalik) and ibalik, are listed next to each other.  Only the actor-focus verbs can be conjugated to have the aspektong katatapos.

The root words are listed alphabetically.  However, the English translation inside the parentheses (after the root word) is that of the infinitive verb (pawatas) in the fifth column. To help you search for a word in the list, you can use the Find tool of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The example below shows the difference between Filipino actor-focus and object-focus verbs.

Si Juan ay nagbabantay ng mga baboy.

The verb nagbabantay has an actor-focus and Juan is doing the action of watching over the pigs (mga baboy).

Ang mga baboy ay binabantayan ni Juan.


Binabantayan ni Juan ang mga baboy.

The verb binabantayan has an object-focus and the action is being done to the pigs.

The action in Filipino object-focus verbs is done on or to something or someone.  In other words, Filipino object-focus verbs need an object or a person to receive the action. For example, the object-focus verb bilhin means “to buy something.” The infinitive verb bumili refers to the act of buying.

Please leave a comment if you find a mistake in the conjugation of the Filipino verbs or any misspelling in the list.





This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Joana Lee V. Flores

    Paano po magiging PANGKASALUKUYAN ang panahunan ng pandiwa kung gumamit ng pananda na “lagi” o “tuwing..”?
    Hal. Ako ay TUMATAKBO sa parke TUWING UMAGA.
    Hindi po ba ito ay PRESENT PROGRESSIVE dahil ang kilos ay pamalagian at/o nagpapatuloy?

    1. samutsamotmom

      Hi, Joana. This is what I know: Unlike English, the Filipino language only has three tenses, past, present, and future. So you are right to say “Ako ay tumatakbo sa parke tuwing umaga.” Tumatakbo is correct whether it is in present tense or present progressive tense. I hope that helps.

  2. raaaang

    wala along nakitang link >.<

    1. samutsamot_mom

      The link appears after the first paragraph, the “Mga Pandiwa sa Ibat Ibang Panahunan” in an orange-colored font. Click that to open the pdf file in another tab. If your browser has the capability to open a pdf file online, it will automatically open it. If it doesn’t, you may need to download an Adobe Reader to open the pdf file. I tried the link on my desktop and it works. I’m sorry to say that I have no idea why you can not access the link.

  3. helenahren

    Wow! Perfect timing. My son is struggling with the different tenses. Thank you.

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