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

Definition for the Tagalog word pala:

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[enclitic] after all; apparently; actually; indeed; after all; surprisingly; so; it turns out; oh, I just realized
*Note: said after a fact one has just discovered, expressing sudden realization, or an exclamation of surprise

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Root: pala
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Gumágabí na palá!
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It's becoming night/dark already!
Tunay palá yung tsismis.
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The rumor turned out to be true.
Kayâ, ta rin palá akó!
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I was right too, then!
Dumatíng palá si John.
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John came (surprisingly). / John came after all.
Oo ngâ palá, akó na!
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Oh, yes! It's my turn now! (I didn't realize!)
Hindî ko alám na may pakialám ka palá.
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I did not know you still care.
Nagtátrabaho pa palá kayó roón.
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So you're still working there. (formal) (indicates surprise)
Hindî ko namalayan na umuwî na palá si David.
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I did not realize that David already went home.
Maalala ko palá...
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Which reminds me, ... / By the way, ...
Hindî ko alám na idinaos na palá ang kasál nilá.
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I didn't know they got married.

User-submitted Example Sentences (4):
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Ano, ito pala ang nata de coco na pinag-uusapan ng lahat.
Tatoeba Sentence #2091347 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
So, this is the nata-de-coco that everyone is talking about.

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Related Words:
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2:pala  Play audio #9649
[noun] shovel; spade

3:pa  Play audio #9946
[noun] blessing; grace; favor

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How to pronounce pala:

Play audio #5652
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Related Filipino Words:
palapagantimpapinagpalápagpapapagpalainmapalâsiyangá palákapadisapala
Related English Words:
soafter allsurpriseexclamation of surprisesudden realizationapparentlyactuallyindeedafter allsurprisinglyindeedoh I just realizedit turns outturns out
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