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Author Photo by: erinlaura
May 04 2020, 4:59pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
Question: What's the difference between "itanong" and "tanungin"
 
As far as I can tell they're both object-focus words meaning "ask".
 
"Itanong mo sa kanya"
"Tanungin mo sa kanya"
 
Niether one sounds wrong. Is there a difference?
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Author Photo borr
May 04 2020, 5:44pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
I've also always understood them both being the same.
 
I'm not sure on the technicalities in regards to these words but the only thing I can say is that in my experience, depending which word was used the proceeding words change?
 
tanungin = I associate it with asking someone (asking someone a question)
itanong = I associate it with asking a question in general (asking a question)
 
I could be wrong but that's how I've differentiated the two. Then again you could use them interchangeably haha
 
Ex:
tinanong ko siya
itatanong ko sa kanya
tatanungin ko siya
itanong mo kay ...
tanungin mo sa amin
 
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Author Photo akosikoneho Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
May 04 2020, 6:44pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
itanong - focus on the question
tanungin - focus on who are you asking
 
according to one of the more linguistically inclined natives on the discord server
 
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Author Photo borr
May 04 2020, 7:00pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
@akosikoneho There you go, the simple version haha. That makes sense, that's how my brain in Tagalog has always understood it.
 
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Author Photo AkoSiMaganda
May 04 2020, 7:05pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
@borr It should be:
" Tanungin mo si (name)
Tanungin mo siya/sila/sina (names)
Tanungin natin si (name) /sya/sila/sina (names)
 
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Author Photo borr
May 04 2020, 7:12pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
@AkoSiMaganda Ah oo nga pala, isa rin yun sa mga inisip ko, di ko lang inilista. Alin ba yung mali? Tanungin mo sa amin?
 
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Author Photo AkoSiMaganda
May 04 2020, 7:14pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
@borr Opo, mali ang po ang "tanungin mo sa amin". Dapat ay "itanong mo sa amin" (tanungin mo kami).
 
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Author Photo borr
May 04 2020, 7:19pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
Ah salamat po, ngayon ko lang talagang hinimay haha. Yun yung wastong paggamit.
 
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Author Photo AkoSiMaganda
May 04 2020, 7:22pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
@borr Wala pong anuman.
 
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Author Photo leosmith
May 04 2020, 10:23pm CST ~ 1 mo., 2 days ago. 
What did you ask him?
I asked him if you were here.
Itinanong ko sa kanya kung narito ka. (object focus - focus on the the thing that's being asked)
 
Who did you ask if I was here?
I asked him if you were here.
Tinanong ko siya kung narito ka. (locative focus - focus on the person who's being asked the question)
 
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Author Photo Redlotus45 Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
May 07 2020, 7:34pm CST ~ 4 weeks ago. 
Tanungin mo/niya/ninyo/natin + si (name)
Tanungin mo/niya/ninyo/natin + siya/sila/ako
( Don't: Tanungin natin ako. That means: Let us ask me. (hahaha)
Tanungin mo/niya/ninyo/natin + sina (names) Mario at Maria/mario, Pablo at Pedro
Tanungin mo/niya/ninyo/natin + silang lahat.
 
Itanong mo/ninyo/natin + kay (name)
Itanong mo/ninyo/natin + sa kanya/sa kanila/sa akin
( Don't: Itanong natin sa akin. That means: Let us ask me. (hahaha)
 
Tinanong ko/mo/niya/nila/natin + si (name)
Tinanong ko/mo/niya/nila/natin + siya/sila/sina (names)
 
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