Filipino / Tagalog language translation for the meaning of the word kay in the Tagalog Dictionary.

Definition for the Tagalog word kay:

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[preposition]  to; for; of; toward; with; from; preposition typically used before a proper name;
[adverb]  a prefix used with an adjective to express amazement, surprise, esteem, insult; how (for example: kay bango - how fragrant; kay pangit - how ugly)

Root: kay
Usage Note Icon Usage Notes:
"Kay" has the same definition and function as "sa," except that it is used in front of a proper noun / name.

For example, it's incorrect to say:
WRONG: "Bumaling ako sa Mary."

Since "Mary" is a proper noun / name, you would need to use "kay" instead of "sa":
CORRECT: "Bumaling ako kay Mary."

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Example Sentences Available Icon Kay Example Sentences in Tagalog: (60)
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Iniabót ni Jane kay Mark ang t-shirt. 
Jane handed the t-shirt to Mark.
Anó ang gustó mong linawin kay Kathy? 
What do you want to clarify with Kathy?
Pangunahan mo si Cecilia tungkól kay Romeo. 
Warn Cecila about Romeo.
Nagsabi akó kay John na náritó akó
I told John that I am here.
Hinilíng ng Diyós kay Abraham na ihain ang kaniyáng anák
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.
Doón ka tumabí kay Charles. 
Stay over there beside Charles.
Dumalaw kamí kay Victor na nasa ospitál
We visited Victor who's confined at the hospital.
Waláng tatalo kay David sa yabang
Nobody can beat David when it comes to smugness.
Ikinasál siyá kay Maria. 
He got married to Maria.
Nagsabi akó kay John na náritó na akó
I told John that I'm here already.
Kailán ka nagbigáy ng pera kay Tom? 
When did you give money to Tom?
Nagpakita ang Birhen kay Bernadette sa Lourdes. 
The Virgin appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes.
Anó ang isinagót mo kay Bill? 
What answer did you give Bill?
Ikáw ba ang pumalít kay Jill? 
Are you the one who took over Jill's post?
Naibigáy mo ba ang pera kay Jim? 
Were you able to give the money to Jim?
Alternate spelling(s):
ke, key
Alternate spellings may include: abbreviations, informal spellings, slang, and/or commonly misspelled variations.

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