Translating Present Tense Verbs in English to Filipino

In the previous post, we learned how to translate past tense verbs (simple past and past continuous) in English to Filipino. In this post, I’ll discuss how to translate English verbs in the simple present tense and present continuous tense to Filipino. Recall that Filipino has three main tenses: past, present, and future. For both the simple present tense and present continuous tense verbs in English, the present tense of Filipino action verbs is used. There are a few ways to make the present tense form of Filipino action verbs. The first syllable or letter, or first two letters of the root word is reduplicated. Then a specific prefix or infix is added. The prefixes may be nag-, na-, or um-. The infix -um- is inserted between the first two letters reduplicated. Note that this rule applies for actor-focus verbs. In conjugating Filipino verbs, reduplication comes first before affixation. SIMPLE…

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Translating Past Tense Verbs in English to Filipino

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Filipino teacher. Filipino is not my first language. The content of this post is based on my personal experience and what I have researched on the topic. If you find any errors in the information provided here or in the translations that I have made, let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me by using the contact form above. I would be happy to make any changes, if necessary. This is a discussion post. It does not have a worksheet at the end. The clipart used in this post is by Little Red. In English, there are verbs of being or “to be” verbs and these have different forms that depend on the tense and on whether the subject is singular or plural. The table below shows the positive “to be” verbs. It is claimed that the Filipino language does not have “to…

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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.

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Pagbabanghay ng Pandiwa Worksheets

The worksheets posted here help practice the student's skills in identifying the grammatical tense of Filipino verbs (panauhan o aspekto ng pandiwa), classifying verbs according to their grammatical tenses, and conjugating Filipino verbs (pagbabanghay ng pandiwa). Students in the early grades are introduced to the three grammatical tenses of Filipino verbs: panahunang pangnagdaan/aspektong naganap/aspektong perpektibo (past tense) panahunang pangkasalukuyan/aspektong nagaganap/aspektong imperpektibo (present tense) panahunang panghinaharanap/aspektong gaganapin pa lamang/aspektong kontemplatibo (future tense) In sixth grade, students are introduced to another grammatical tense which is the panahunang katatapos or aspektong katatapos.  Verbs in this grammatical tense imply that the action was just done or completed.  The prefix (unlapi) ka- is added to the root word and the first syllable (or first two letters) of the root word is repeated.  Examples of verbs in this grammatical tense are listed below. kasasalita (just spoke) kagagaling (just came from) kaiinom (just drank) kaaalis (just left)…

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Pandiwa Worksheets (Part 3)

The five pdf worksheets below are about Filipino verbs or pandiwa. These worksheets are appropriate for students in the primary grades (Grades 1 to 3). You may print and distribute these worksheets for your students and children but please do not distribute them for profit. 1. Pagkilala sa Pandiwa_6: This 15-item worksheet asks the student to circle the verb in each sentence. 2. Pagkilala sa Pandiwa_7: This 15-item worksheet asks the student to circle the word that is not a verb. Each item has four words. The illustration in the worksheet is by samutsamot_mom. 3. Pagpili ng Tamang Pandiwa_4: This 15-item worksheet asks the student to circle the verb that will complete the sentence. The student chooses from a group of three verbs. 4. Pagsulat ng Pandiwa_3 ; Mga sagot sa Pagsulat ng Pandiwa_3: This 15-item worksheet asks the student to complete a sentence by writing a verb using a…

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