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This Test Will Determine How Good You Are At Filipino Grammar

"Ng vs. nang" is the real "your vs. you're."

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Choose the correct word for each of the following sentences:

  1. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Ng
    Nang
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Kailangan nating magtulong-tulong nang ma-achieve natin ang La Niña."

    "Nang" is used as "upang" or "para" ("to" or "so that").

  2. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Ng
    Nang
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Tinuruan n'ya kami kung paano kumain ng mamon."

    "Ng" is used to answer the question "what".

  3. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Ng
    Nang
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Ikot nang ikot si Sarah Geronimo."

    "Nang" is also used to connect repetitive words.

  4. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Rin
    Din
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Hindi pa rin daw tayo maka-move on sa Martial Law."

    "Rin" is used when the word that comes before it ends with a vowel. Here's an explainer.

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    Iba-iba
    Iba iba
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Ang hirap talaga kapag iba-iba ang alam natin sa kasaysayan."

    A hyphen is used to connect repetitive words, so in this case, "iba-iba" is correct.

  6. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Paki-explain
    Paki explain
    Pakiexplain
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Bakit gan'on, bes. Paki-explain naman, bes."

    A hyphen is also used to connect Tagalog affixes to an English word.

  7. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Nanamang
    Na namang
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Malungkot ako kasi wala na namang thigh part ng Chicken Joy."

    There's no such word as "nanamang/nanaman"!

  8. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Parin ; Hanap-hanap
    Pa rin ; Hanap hanap
    Pa rin; Hanap-hanap
    Parin ; Hanap hanap
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Ikaw pa rin pala ang hanap-hanap pa-rap-pap!"

    Also, there's no such word as "parin".

  9. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Kumusta?
    Kamusta?
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Uy, kumusta! Tumaba ka, ah?"

    "Kumusta" came from the Spanish phrase "¿Cómo está" not "¿Camo está"

  10. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Palang
    Pa lang
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Nasa EDSA pa lang ako, bes."

    "Pa lang" means "just" or "only" or "still" so when you translate the sentence in english, it's "I'm still in EDSA."

  11. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Palang
    Pa lang
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Nakakainis palang magbasa ng comments section."

    In this case, "palang" is correct because it is used as a shortened version of "pala" + "na". Confusing ba?

  12. Isabelle Laureta / BuzzFeed
    Umaasa parin akong sabihin mo, sana ako parin. Ako nalang. Ako nalang ulit.
    Inutusan kaming pumila ng maayos.
    Walang makapipigil sa 'min!
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Walang makapipigil sa 'min!"

    The first two should be "Umaasa pa rin akong sabihin mo, sana ako pa rin. Ako na lang. Ako na lang ulit." and "Inutusan kaming pumila nang maayos," ("nang" is used when describing something.)

This Test Will Determine How Good You Are At Filipino Grammar

Luuuuuuuh, you may need to go back to elementary, bes. Or at least read a lot of Filipino material (they're great, BTW.) It's never too late!

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You did good, pero more review pa! I'm sure you'll get a perfect score next time.

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PAK GANIRE! You know how to use ng and nang, and rin, din, raw, and daw! A+ ka d'yan bes!

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