How And When To Use Po And Opo

Using no and one is like adding an extra level of politeness when speaking specially with someone of an expert or with older people. Filipinos use to and opt to provide that appropriate respect in addition to other game titles of respect such as ate and kuya or uncle and auntie among others.

These two are hard never to notice as they’re widely used but still, to language learners using a and one can get confusing sometimes. Which is where this article will focus on as I discuss how to use a and on and when. Learning the correct placement of these two in sentences, can not only boost your self-confidence to keep learning the language but this will help you to finally engage in discussions as well with politeness.

To be more respectful, add to when requesting a relevant question. It complements the 5W questions such as ‘Bakit po? What Ano Ano po? Who Sino po? Why Bakit Bakit po? When Kailan po? Where Saan Saan po? Types of asking politely using do with the 5W questions. As well as the 5W questions above, I may as well add that to is utilized with questions that require a yes/no answer.

One example is ‘Meron po’ when responding to the question ‘Do you have a scheduled appointment next week? It isn’t uncommon for a to get misplaced in simple sentences such as ‘Mabait siya po’ as it could get complicated indeed. But a tip I could give is that so often, if not always, comes right after a noun or an adjective. Example – Mabait po siya.

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Habit is the adjective which means kind/nice. In comes after the adjective and before the pronoun site or he/she but not after the pronoun. Also remember that omitting to simply means ‘He/She is kind’ while adding to is saying it respectfully. Saying it without needing to is flawlessly fine specially when talking to someone of the same age range when you are like a classmate or a friend of the same age group. Another right way of using a is after a noun and before a pronoun.

Let’s have a baby or house as a noun. Example – Bahay po namin. Baby is our noun with the above example and naming as the pronoun, which means our. Notice where a is positioned. It is positioned after the noun. Also notice that this answers the question ‘Whose? Another example is ‘Bahay po file’ which means ‘Their house.’ Both illustrations given have something in common, the house is owned not only by one but more. The pronouns used were our and their. If the pronoun used is my when answering the ‘Whose?

Example – Bahay ko po. When responding to the ‘Whose? Also, to add to this, when denoting ownership, there are two ways to answer the question ‘Whose? Whose house is this? Add to after these Tagalog pronouns to show politeness when answering the question ‘Whose? Po is utilized after Tagalog verbs and it is used with all the verb tenses and with any type of verb.

So, be it a MAG verb, an IN verb, a UM verb or an verb for example maybe, it doesn’t matter as no will work with just any verb. I’m cleaning. Naglilinis ago. They’re eating. Kumakain site. She/He’s writing. Nagsusulat site. We’re going to play. Maglalaro name. Maglalaro po kami. They’re cooking food. Nagluluto site. They will take a shower. Maliligo site. Maliligo po sila. It was cooked by her. Iniluto niya ito. Iniluto po niya ito.

Table above shows examples of so used after verbs. Types of Filipino verbs in their different tenses categorized as MAG verbs, UM verbs, I verbs and MA verbs with explanations on how to conjugate these kinds of Filipino/Tagalog verbs. The correct use of poo and one confuses some because both means yes.