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Nov 01 2021, 5:06am CST ~ 4 weeks ago. 
Question: I found this from the listening clip. "Sinubukan niya sa katawan niya". It is translated as "He tested his body". I'm wondering, why is it not "Sinubukan niya ANG katawan niya". I thought the "-an" suffix indicates beneficiary or locative focus. Thank you all in advance.
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Author Photo learntagalog Badge: Native Tagalog SpeakerOfficial Tagalog.com Teacher Teacher
Nov 01 2021, 5:50am CST ~ 4 weeks ago. 
Question: I found this from the listening clip. "Sinubukan niya sa katawan niya". It is translated as "He tested his body". I'm wondering, why is it not "Sinubukan niya ANG katawan niya". I thought the "-an" suffix indicates beneficiary or locative focus. Thank you all in advance.
 
@Gideonlau
" Sinubukan niya sa katawan niya"
He/She tested/tried (it / something that is not mentioned) into his body.
Her/his body is the point of direction (location).
 
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Nov 01 2021, 12:33pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 7 days ago. 
Question: I found this from the listening clip. "Sinubukan niya sa katawan niya". It is translated as "He tested his body". I'm wondering, why is it not "Sinubukan niya ANG katawan niya". I thought the "-an" suffix indicates beneficiary or locative focus. Thank you all in advance.
 
@Gideonlau
 
Subukan is an irregular verb (“an” verb that is object focused)
 
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Author Photo Gideonlau
Nov 01 2021, 10:34pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@learntagalog Thanks for your reply. Why is there isn't a focus marker in this sentence?
 
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Author Photo Gideonlau
Nov 01 2021, 10:35pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@PinoyTaj Thanks for your reply. Why is there isn't a focus marker in this sentence?
 
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Nov 01 2021, 10:39pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
PinoyTaj Thanks for your reply. Why is there isn't a focus marker in this sentence?
 
@Gideonlau
 
Because it is most likely mentioned or is implied .
 
The secret/trick is that the object or focus doesn’t actually have to be in the sentence to use object focused verbs. (It can be mentioned , implied or understood)
 
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Author Photo Gideonlau
Nov 02 2021, 5:27am CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@PinoyTaj I see. So the sentence means sinubukan niya (ang something implied) sa katawan niya. Translation: He tested (something) on his body. Am I right to say this?
 
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Author Photo learntagalog Badge: Native Tagalog SpeakerOfficial Tagalog.com Teacher Teacher
Nov 02 2021, 6:02am CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@Gideonlau
Tama ka po.
 
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