Close
 


Question: What means "ika"

« Back
Message Menu
Author Photo by: Bennie329
Apr 09 2024, 6:46am CST ~ 1 mo., 19 days ago. 
Question: What means "ika"
 
I am learning Tagalog a lot thru listening to songs (pinay girls know how to sing their heart out, don't they ... )
 
Here is a line from Bituin Escalante's "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana"
 
Hindi ba't kailan lang nang ika'y iwanan n'ya
(Hasn't it only been a while since she left you)
 
I am struggeling with the word "ika" ... the dictionary tells me:
 
1. ika-: [prefix] Nth (4th, 5th, 9th, etc.); cause, be the cause of (ika+noun or verb)
2. ikà: said (short for "wika")
 
Neither one of the above seems to fit ...
 
I think it needs a native Tagalog speaker to clarify the usage of "ika" in this sentence (or maybe I am simply too stubborn to get it ... )
 
Have a great day everybody ...
 
P.S.: while waiting for a reply, I was thinking about the matter .. maybe "ika'y" is short for "ikaw ay" ... that would make sense to the translation "she left YOU" ...
Reply
 
Message Menu
Author Photo Juantutri Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Apr 09 2024, 9:39am CST ~ 1 mo., 19 days ago. 
Yes, that’s what it is – ikaw ay = ika’y. The contraction of the personal pronoun + ay is quite commonly done.
 
You are likely to also encounter the following contractions: “ako’y (ako ay)”, “kami’y”, “tayo’y”, “kayo’y”, “siya’y”, and “sila’y”.
Kumain na tayo. = Tayo’y kumain na. = Let’s eat already.
 
Then there are also “ko’y (ko ay)”, “nami’y (namin ay)”, “nati’y”, “mo’y”, “ninyo’y/n’yo’y”, “niya’y”, and “nila’y”.
Alicia ang pangalan niya. = Ang pangalan niya’y Alicia. = Her name is Alicia.
 
Less frequently, we also use, “aki’y (akin ay)”, “ami’y”, “ati’y”, “iyo’y”, “inyo’y”, “kaniya’y”, and “kanila’y”.
Mabait sila sa iyo. = Sila’y mabait sa iyo. = Sa iyo’y mabait sila. = They are nice to you.
Ang (sa) inyo’y inyo at ang (sa) ami’y amin. = What’s yours is your and what’s ours is ours. - Some of us might omit the "sa".
 
Post a Reply»




« Back to Main Page
Views: 112
See more of Tagalog.com by logging in
Join for the free language discussion group, flash cards, lesson tracking and more.