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Articles: Si and Siná

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Keep In Mind:
A lot of people, even Filipino natural speakers themselves, get confused between silá and siná. Silá is a pronoun and shouldn’t be followed by a noun. On the otherhand, sina is an article that can be used before a noun/s.

Si and Siná are articles used before name/s of a person/people.

Si is a singular article, while siná is the plural article, used before the names of two or more people.
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Examples:
Si
Play audio #3136
Siná
Play audio #3135
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Examples:
Si
Play audio #3136
Sina
Play audio #3135
Read each sentence and take a look at how the article Si is used.
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Examples:
Jose is a Filipino.
Si José ay Pilipino. Play audio #3137
Joe is an American.
Si Joe ay Amerikano.Play audio #3138
Rosa is a woman.
Si Rosa ay babae. Play audio #3140
Luis is kind.
Si Luís ay mabaít. Play audio #3139
Ronan is a man.
Si Ronan ay lalaki. Play audio #3141
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Examples:
Jose is a Filipino.
Si Jose ay Pilipino. Play audio #3137
Joe is an American.
Si Joe ay Amerikano.Play audio #3138
Rosa is a woman.
Si Rosa ay babae. Play audio #3140
Luis is kind.
Si Luis ay mabait. Play audio #3139
Ronan is a man.
Si Ronan ay lalaki. Play audio #3141
Keep In Mind:
The Filipino translation of the English word “and” is at.

Practice using the article Sina with the examples below.
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Examples:
Kevin and Mike are hardworking.
Siná Kevin at Mike ay masipag. Play audio #3142
Carla and Josephine are pretty.
Siná Carla at Jósephine ay magandá. Play audio #3143
Oliver and Tonyo are friends.
Siná Óliver at Tonyo ay magkaibigan. Play audio #3144
Richard and Raymond are brothers.
Siná Richard at Raymond ay magkapatíd. Play audio #3145
Richard and Raymond are students.
Siná Richard at Raymond ay mga estudyante. Play audio #3146
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Examples:
Kevin and Mike are hardworking.
Sina Kevin at Mike ay masipag. Play audio #3142
Carla and Josephine are pretty.
Sina Carla at Josephine ay maganda. Play audio #3143
Oliver and Tonyo are friends.
Sina Oliver at Tonyo ay magkaibigan. Play audio #3144
Richard and Raymond are brothers.
Sina Richard at Raymond ay magkapatid. Play audio #3145
Richard and Raymond are students.
Sina Richard at Raymond ay mga estudyante. Play audio #3146
Keep In Mind:
Mga is used to indicate the plural form of a noun. Adding this before the noun shows plurality.

Notice in one example, plurality has been indicated by using the article mga in the phrase mga estudyante . Adding the article mga is optional since siná has indicated plurality beforehand.
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