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na

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

Definition for the Tagalog word na:


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[enclitic]  now; by now; as of now; already; that; anymore; by now
[grammar]  grammatically, a word that can be used to connect two words (ligature)

Root: na
Usage Note Icon Usage Notes:
That little word "na" is used a lot in Tagalog sentences.

It is used as an adverb to mean "already" or "anymore".

Examples:
Pasko na = It's already Christmas
Hindi na Pasko = It's not Christmas anymore
Umalis na si Mary = Mary left already.
Hindi na umalis si Mary. = Mary did not leave anymore.

More often though "na" is used as a connective word that links or relates a word to another. At times you might not see it, yet it's actually there, but in a modified form.

When "na" is used between 2 words to relate them, one of the words functions as a modifier of the other. In English, an adjective is usually placed before the word it is modifying. If it is placed after the word being modified, a "that/which is" would be needed between them. You may think of "na" as that "that/which is", although in Tagalog it does not really translate to any meaning.

Examples:
damit na itim = a dress that is black => a black dress
pagkain na masarap = food that is delicious => delicious food
lakad na mabagal = a walk that is slow => a slow walk

In Filipino, it does not really matter whether the modifier comes before or after the word being modified as long as "na" is placed between them. The phrases above will be correct and mean exactly the same thing if stated as:

itim na damit = a black dress
masarap na pagkain = delicious food
mabagal na lakad = a slow walk

The form of the "na", however, at times changes or may even seem to disappear depending on how the word before it ends. Its behavior follows these rules:

1. If the word before "na" ends in a consonant, except the letter "N", it remains as "NA".

2. If the word before "na" is a vowel, "na" changes to "NG" and is attached to the word before it.

3. If the word before "na" ends in "N", "na" becomes "G" and is attached to the word before it.

Rule 1 was followed in the 6 examples given above.

Here are more examples on how the 3 rules are applied. Remember that it does not matter whether the modifier comes before or after the word being modified. The rule is followed either way. The number after each example indicates which rule (1, 2, or 3) above is followed.

itim NA pusa = a black cat (1) {pusa = cat}
pusaNG itim = a black cat (2)
pusaNG puti = a white cat (2)
putiNG pusa = a white cat (2)
mabagal NA takbo = a slow run (1) {takbo = run}
takboNG mabagal = a slow run (2)
malalim NA balon = a deep well (1) {balon = well}
balonG malalim = a deep well (3)
maulanG pahahon = rainy weather (3) {panahon = weather}
panahonG maulan = rainy weather (3)

Rules 2 and 3 are not absolute though. It does not mean that using "na" in such cases would be wrong. It's just that maybe the word combinations are easier to pronounce when we apply those rules that's why we practically follow them all the time.

Some Tagalog words actually end in "ng". Therefore, they would fall under Rule 1 and have a "na" after them should they be used as or with modifiers.

Examples:
ilong NA maganda = magandaNG ilong = beautiful nose (1,2) {ilong = nose}
sakong NA masakit = masakit NA sakong = aching heel (1) {sakong = heel}
payong NA malaki = malakiNG payong = big umbrella (1,2) {payong = umbrella}
matapang NA sundalo = sundaloNG matapang = brave soldier (1,2) {matapang = brave}
makinang NA bituin = bituinG makinang = shining/shiny star (1,3) {makinang (stress on "nang") = shiny}

In English, the adverb "very" is used to intensify a modifier. In Tagalog, repeating a modifier intensifies it. "Na" is sometimes used to link the repetition.

Examples:
mapayat NA mapayat = very thin
makinang NA makinang = very shiny
malakiNG-malaki = very big
bataNG-bata = very young

Notice that when the repetition causes the first word to end in "ng", the words are hyphenated.

So, just remember that every time an adjective or an adverb is used, "na" or its modified form will be there.

String frequency indicator:

Very Frequent
This string is roughly used with equal frequency in casual and formal content.?

Example Sentences Available Icon Na Example Sentences in Tagalog: (128)
Example sentences created by professional Filipino teachers and writers.
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Busóg na akó.
Play audio #27120 Play audio #27115
 
I'm full now. / I'm full already.
Tayo na
Let's go. (expression)
Uuwî na akó.
Play audio #32710 Play audio #32711
 
I'm going home now. / I will be going home now.
Nakita mo na?
Play audio #27524 Play audio #27525
 
Have you seen it (already)?
Hiníhilíng ko kay Patrice na patawarin na niyá akó.
Play audio #35240 Play audio #35241
 
I'm asking Patrice for her to forgive me.
Sinísibák na ni Gary ang mga napulot niyáng kahoy.
Play audio #37928
 
Gary is now chopping the woods he picked.
Sige na, umuwí ka na.
Play audio #32726 Play audio #32727
 
OK, go home now.
Ináabangán ko ang súsunód na pelíkulá ni James Bond.
Play audio #35335 Play audio #35336
 
I am anticipating the next James Bond movie.
Marami siláng pagkain na nátirá.
Play audio #28854 Play audio #28855
 
They have so many leftovers.
Tulungan mo silá na gampanán ang malakíng trabahong itó.
Play audio #30388 Play audio #30389
 
Help them accomplish this great task.
Nilinaw ni Amanda na walâ siyáng alám sa pangyayari.
Play audio #31126 Play audio #31127
 
Amanda clarified that she had no idea about the event.
Nangunguna na si Venus sa botohán.
Play audio #33502 Play audio #33503
 
Venus is now leading the election.
Maáabutan ko pa kayâ ang edád na isáng daán?
Play audio #37110
 
Would I still reach the age of one hundred?
Ayaw ni Kate na masaktán.
Play audio #28932 Play audio #28933
 
Kate doesn't want to get hurt.
Ináaresto na ngayón ang masamáng polítiko.
Play audio #34217 Play audio #34218
 
The evil politician is being arrested right now.

User-submitted Example Sentences (50):
User-submitted example sentences from Tatoeba who have self reported as being fluent in Tagalog.
Tahan na.
Tatoeba Sentence #5299953 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Please don't cry.


Alas 6 na.
Tatoeba Sentence #1383908 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
It's six o'clock already.


Halika na.
Tatoeba Sentence #3276278 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Come on.


Bumoto na!
Tatoeba Sentence #1851991 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Vote now!


Halika na.
Tatoeba Sentence #3276278 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Come now.


Huli ka na.
Tatoeba Sentence #5308198 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Too late.


Tapos ka na?
Tatoeba Sentence #2669535 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Are you finished?


Nakita ko na.
Tatoeba Sentence #1349220 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I've seen it.


Kumain ka na?
Tatoeba Sentence #1398080 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Have you eaten?


Nakita ko na.
Tatoeba Sentence #1349220 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I already saw it.


Patay na sila.
Tatoeba Sentence #5214122 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
They are dead.


Handa na kami.
Tatoeba Sentence #3196880 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
We're ready.


Umuwi na tayo!
Tatoeba Sentence #1698712 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Let's go home!


Kumulimlim na.
Tatoeba Sentence #1705491 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
It was getting dark.


Handa na tayo.
Tatoeba Sentence #3196881 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
We're ready.


Kumain na tayo!
Tatoeba Sentence #1720172 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Let's eat already!


Bahala na siya.
Tatoeba Sentence #1387400 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Let's leave it up to him.


Wala na si Tom.
Tatoeba Sentence #5214356 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Tom left.


Lumabas na siya.
Tatoeba Sentence #1899652 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
She has gone out.


Kumain ka na ba?
Tatoeba Sentence #1698714 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Have you eaten yet?


Maliligo na ako.
Tatoeba Sentence #5299984 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I'm going to take a bath.


Malapit na tayo.
Tatoeba Sentence #3086293 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
We're almost there.


Hindi ka na bata.
Tatoeba Sentence #5300921 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You are not a child any more.


Handa na ba tayo?
Tatoeba Sentence #5361425 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Are we prepared?


Oras na ng tulog.
Tatoeba Sentence #3196913 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
It's time for bed.


Matutulog na ako.
Tatoeba Sentence #4680507 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I have to go to sleep.


Nasa iyo na iyon.
Tatoeba Sentence #1869577 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I'll leave it up to you.


Hindi na mauulit.
Tatoeba Sentence #2813174 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I will not do it again.


Naghapunan ka na?
Tatoeba Sentence #1707281 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Have you eaten dinner?


Tapos na ba tayo?
Tatoeba Sentence #5361427 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Are we finished?


Di ba malinaw na?
Tatoeba Sentence #2147310 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Is it not clear enough?


Magsimula na tayo.
Tatoeba Sentence #1704346 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Let's start right away.


Hindi na ako nene.
Tatoeba Sentence #3059763 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I'm not a girl anymore.


Nakalimutan mo na.
Tatoeba Sentence #2774173 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You've already forgotten.


Halos handa na ako.
Tatoeba Sentence #1811811 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I am almost ready.


Okey na ako ngayon.
Tatoeba Sentence #3047551 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I'm feeling fine now.


Bumalik na ba siya?
Tatoeba Sentence #1648917 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Is he back already?


Kalimutan na natin.
Tatoeba Sentence #1385838 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Let's forget it.


Umalis na ang tren.
Tatoeba Sentence #3335969 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
The train has already left.


Mawalang-galang na.
Tatoeba Sentence #5214308 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Excuse me.


Paiyak na si Tomas.
Tatoeba Sentence #1677558 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Tom was on the verge of tears.


Handa na ang lahat.
Tatoeba Sentence #1865262 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Everything is ready.


Hindi na ako pagod.
Tatoeba Sentence #3050919 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I am no longer tired.


Huminga nang normal.
Tatoeba Sentence #4560440 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Breathe normally.


Oras na ng pagtulog.
Tatoeba Sentence #5361526 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
It's bedtime.


Nakilala mo na siya?
Tatoeba Sentence #2832110 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Have you already met her?


Dapat matulog ka na.
Tatoeba Sentence #4560295 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You should sleep.


Di na kayo mga bata.
Tatoeba Sentence #2183122 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You aren't kids anymore.


Hindi na siya galit.
Tatoeba Sentence #1663314 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
He is not angry anymore.


Maghanda-handa ka na.
Tatoeba Sentence #7894332 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You'd better get ready.


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Alternate spelling(s):
na't
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How to pronounce na:

NA AUDIO CLIP:
Play audio #2378
Markup Code:
[rec:2378]
Related Filipino Words:
naba
Related English Words:
nowalreadyby nowthatligatureencliticanymoreby nowas of now
Grammatical Ligature:
This word plus a grammatical ligature would be:
nang
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