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Why: Bakit

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Bakit

If you want to know the reason behind a particular thing (e.g., reason/s behind event, action, scenario), you can use the Filipino question word "bakit." This word translates to "why".
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Examples:
Why are you sad?
Bakit ka malungkót? Play audio #5383
Why did you leave?
Bakit ka umalís? Play audio #5384
Why are you late?
Bakit ka nahulí? Play audio #5385
Why did Jose Rizal die?
Bakit pinatáy si José Rizál? Play audio #5775
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Examples:
Why are you sad?
Bakit ka malungkot? Play audio #5383
Why did you leave?
Bakit ka umalis? Play audio #5384
Why are you late?
Bakit ka nahuli? Play audio #5385
Why did Jose Rizal die?
Bakit pinatay si Jose Rizal? Play audio #5775
You will sometimes hear Filipinos pronouncing this as "ba-ket" with a letter e on the second syllable (instead of letter i). This is a typical mannerism of some people, pronouncing a syllable consisting of a letter i vowel as letter e (e.g., masakít as ma-sa-két, dikít as di-két, malapit as ma-la-pet).
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