Filipino / Tagalog language translation for the meaning of the word ho in the Tagalog Dictionary.

Definition for the Tagalog word ho:

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[enclitic]  sir; ma'aam; word to show respect with no direct English translation; slightly less formal version of the word "po"

Root: ho
Usage Note Icon Usage Notes:
"Ho" and "Po" are both words to show respect and are used about equally.

There is no rule about which one to use and when. "Po" may be considered more formal. Maybe that's because we might initially tend to use "po" when the seniority of the other person is obvious, but once that acknowledgment has been established then using either one would not matter anymore.

In situations, like addressing a jeepney driver or any other stranger inside the jeep, "ho" would serve as a generic respectful expression in the sense that age difference need not considered. A "po" might be unflattering to those who may not be that old.

In general though, it does not really matter whether we say "po" or "ho".

When it comes to using "po!" and "ho!" in responding to a call, for example, a parent calling a child who's at a distance or in another room, we might resort to using "po!". This is because it might be easier to say it aloud and the "exploding" 'p' might help project the sound further than aspirating it with an "h". (Note: these "po!" and "ho!" responses are just the clipped "opo!" and "oho!", which are the respectful "yes!" responses)

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Gustó ko hong kumain ng adobo.
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I want to eat adobo.
Walâ ho rito ang anák ninyó.
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Your child is not here.
Anó ho ang kailangan ninyó?
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What do you need?
Hindî ho akó makákapasok sa klase bukas.
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I won't be able to attend class tomorrow.

User-submitted Example Sentences (3):
User-submitted example sentences from Tatoeba who have self reported as being fluent in Tagalog.
Pakibigay ho ang susi sa akin, nga?
Tatoeba Sentence #1933085 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Can I have the key now, please?

Magkano ho ang isang kahon ng turones ng kasuy?
Tatoeba Sentence #1873269 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
How much is one box of cashew turones?

Masyado kayong mabilis magsalita. Puwede ba hong magsalita kayo nang mas dahan-dahan?
Tatoeba Sentence #1830108 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You speak a bit too fast for me. Could you speak a bit more slowly, please?

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How to pronounce ho:

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