Hello. Please explain the plurality of ano-ano. To my mind, the

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Oct 28 2019, 10:26pm CST ~ 7 mos. ago. 
Hello. Please explain the plurality of ano-ano. To my mind, the examples given would work fine with a single ano, but clearly that is wrong.
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Author Photo Bituingmaykinang
Oct 28 2019, 10:30pm CST ~ 7 mos. ago. 
Anu-ano is more of an "intensified" version of ano.
Kung anu-ano ang ginagawa niya! Usually, when you hear this, the person is pissed versus "Kung ano ang ginawa niya".
The same with "Ang ganda-ganda niya" versus "Ang ganda niya".
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Author Photo TLDCAdmin Badge: AdminBadge: SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Oct 29 2019, 8:33am CST ~ 7 mos. ago. 
Ano-ano is also a “plural what”, which we don’t have in English...
So, you’ll notice the examples in th dictionary listing are all in reference to multiple/several/plural things.
Anu-anó ang mga kulay ng bahágharì? = What are the colors of the rainbow?
(colors = plural)
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Author Photo Tagamanila Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP SupporterBadge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Nov 14 2019, 4:11am CST ~ 6 mos. ago. 
Usually, when a word ending in “o” is repeated, the first “o” ending becomes a “u”. I believe that there’s a grammar rule about that. So, you will most likely encounter “ano-ano” as “anu-ano”. I always write it as “anu-ano”, the same way Bituingmaykinang did and by TLDCAdmin in the example he gave.
As TLDCAdmin explained, it is used to indicate plurality. For example:
Ano ang pangalan ng nanay mo? = What is the name of your mother?
Anu-ano ang (mga) pangalan ng mga kapatid mo? = What are the names of your siblings? (Sometimes we just omit the first “mga”.)
There are times when you will see a “kung” before “anu-ano”. (See example given by Bituingmaykinang.) If it is used as part of a question, then "kung anu-ano" takes the simple meaning of “as to what they are”.
Alam mo ba ang kung anu-ano ang mga pangalan ng mga planeta? = Do you know the names/as to what the names of the planets are?
In a declarative sentence, the “kung” modifies the meaning of “anu-ano”. It is still about plurality but suggests a collection of insignificant things, like “odds and ends”. It may also refer to an unspecified set of negative things (not for positive things) about someone.
Q: Ano ang ginágawà mo? = What are you doing?
A: Walâ namán, kung anu-ano lang. = Nothing really, just this and that.
Iniiwasan kong kasama si Jack kasi madalás kung anu-ano lang ang mga sinasábi/pinagsásasabi niya. = I avoid Jack’s company because often he just talks nonsense.
Galit na galit si Anna sa iyo. Kung anu-ano ang pinágsasabí niya sa akin tungkol sa iyo. = Anna is furious at you. She said a lot of bad things to me about you.
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