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Articles: Ang and Ang mga

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The article ang is used before the name of a place or an object.

The article ang mga is used before the name of multiple places or objects, to indicate the subject is plural.
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Examples:
Ang
Play audio #3149 ( singular )
Ang mga
Play audio #3148 ( plural )
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Examples:
Ang
Play audio #3149 ( singular )
Ang mga
Play audio #3148 ( plural )
A Strange Word: Mga

The word mga is an unusual looking word for English language speakers.

It is a word commonly used in the Filipino language to indicate something is plural.

It's important to know that "mga" is pronounced like: "mangá" (not muh-gah). It's pronounced this way because the word "mga" is a shortened version of the word "manga", which is no longer in common use.


Filipino Article Examples

See how the articles ang and ang mga are used in each sentence.
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Examples:
The student is intelligent.
Ang estudyante ay matalino. Play audio #3150
The dog is obedient.
Ang aso ay masunurin. Play audio #3151
The elephant is big.
Ang elepante ay malakí. Play audio #3152
The island is far.
Ang puló ay malayo. Play audio #3154
The sea is deep.
Ang dagat ay malalim. Play audio #3162
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The student is intelligent.
Ang estudyante ay matalino. Play audio #3150
The dog is obedient.
Ang aso ay masunurin. Play audio #3151
The elephant is big.
Ang elepante ay malaki. Play audio #3152
The island is far.
Ang pulo ay malayo. Play audio #3154
The sea is deep.
Ang dagat ay malalim. Play audio #3162
If there are multiple separate subjects, the article ang can be used before each noun, but it is optional. Otherwise, you can opt to use one ang by putting it before only the first noun in the sentence.
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Examples:
The spoon and the fork are clean.
The spoon and fork are clean.
Ang kutsara at ang tinidór ay malilinis. Play audio #3156
Ang kutsara at tinidór ay malilinis. Play audio #3157
The pillow and the bed are soft.
The pillow and bed are soft.
Ang unan at ang higaan ay malalambót. Play audio #3158
Ang unan at higaan ay malalambót. Play audio #3159
The mango and the pineapple are sour.
The mango and pineapple are sour.
Ang manggá at ang pinyá ay maaasim. Play audio #3160
Ang manggá at pinyá ay maaasim. Play audio #3161
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The spoon and the fork are clean.
The spoon and fork are clean.
Ang kutsara at ang tinidor ay malilinis. Play audio #3156
Ang kutsara at tinidor ay malilinis. Play audio #3157
The pillow and the bed are soft.
The pillow and bed are soft.
Ang unan at ang higaan ay malalambot. Play audio #3158
Ang unan at higaan ay malalambot. Play audio #3159
The mango and the pineapple are sour.
The mango and pineapple are sour.
Ang mangga at ang pinya ay maaasim. Play audio #3160
Ang mangga at pinya ay maaasim. Play audio #3161
The article ang can used before the name of a place or other proper noun as well.
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Examples:
Asia is large.
Ang Asya ay malakí. Play audio #3163
Philippines is small.
Ang Pilipinas ay maliít. Play audio #3164
China and Russia are countries.
Ang Tsina at Rusya ay mga bansâ. Play audio #3165
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Asia is large.
Ang Asya ay malaki. Play audio #3163
Philippines is small.
Ang Pilipinas ay maliit. Play audio #3164
China and Russia are countries.
Ang Tsina at Rusya ay mga bansa. Play audio #3165

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