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Articles: Ang and Ang mga

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The article ang is used before the name of a place or an object.

The article ang mga is used before the name of multiple places or objects, to indicate the subject is plural.
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Examples:
Ang
( singular )
Ang mga
( plural )
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Examples:
Ang
( singular )
Ang mga
( plural )
A Strange Word: Mga

The word mga is an unusual looking word for English language speakers.

It is a word commonly used in the Filipino language to indicate something is plural.

It's important to know that "mga" is pronounced like: "mangá" (not muh-gah). It's pronounced this way because the word "mga" is a shortened version of the word "manga", which is no longer in common use.


Filipino Article Examples

See how the articles ang and ang mga are used in each sentence.
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Examples:
The student is intelligent.
Ang estudyante ay matalino.
The dog is obedient.
Ang aso ay masunurin.
The elephant is big.
Ang elepante ay malakí.
The island is far.
Ang puló ay malayo.
The sea is deep.
Ang dagat ay malalim.
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The student is intelligent.
Ang estudyante ay matalino.
The dog is obedient.
Ang aso ay masunurin.
The elephant is big.
Ang elepante ay malaki.
The island is far.
Ang pulo ay malayo.
The sea is deep.
Ang dagat ay malalim.
If there are multiple separate subjects, the article ang can be used before each noun, but it is optional. Otherwise, you can opt to use one ang by putting it before only the first noun in the sentence.
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The spoon and the fork are clean.
The spoon and fork are clean.
Ang kutsara at ang tinidór ay malilinis.
Ang kutsara at tinidór ay malilinis.
The pillow and the bed are soft.
The pillow and bed are soft.
Ang unan at ang higaan ay malalambót.
Ang unan at higaan ay malalambót.
The mango and the pineapple are sour.
The mango and pineapple are sour.
Ang manggá at ang pinyá ay maaasim.
Ang manggá at pinyá ay maaasim.
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The spoon and the fork are clean.
The spoon and fork are clean.
Ang kutsara at ang tinidor ay malilinis.
Ang kutsara at tinidor ay malilinis.
The pillow and the bed are soft.
The pillow and bed are soft.
Ang unan at ang higaan ay malalambot.
Ang unan at higaan ay malalambot.
The mango and the pineapple are sour.
The mango and pineapple are sour.
Ang mangga at ang pinya ay maaasim.
Ang mangga at pinya ay maaasim.
The article ang can used before the name of a place or other proper noun as well.
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Examples:
Asia is large.
Ang Asya ay malakí.
Philippines is small.
Ang Pilipinas ay maliít.
China and Russia are countries.
Ang Tsina at Rusya ay mga bansâ.
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Examples:
Asia is large.
Ang Asya ay malaki.
Philippines is small.
Ang Pilipinas ay maliit.
China and Russia are countries.
Ang Tsina at Rusya ay mga bansa.

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