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Verb

Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Gi-
Tense:
Past
Answered (object focus)
Gitubag
geeh-tooh-bahg
Gitubag nako ang iyang tawag.
I answered his/her call.
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Ni-
Tense:
Past
Answered (subject focus)
Nitubag
neeh-tooh-bahg
Nitubag ko sa iyang tawag.
I answered his/her call.
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Gipa-
Tense:
Past
1. Asked to answer 2. Ask someone to answer on your behalf (subject focus)
Gipatubag
geeh-pah-tooh-bahg
Akoy gipatubag sa mga tawag karong adlawa.
I was asked to answer the calls today.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Na-
Tense:
Past
Answered
Natubag
nah-tooh-bahg
Natubag na nimo ang iyang tawag?
Did you already answer his/her call?
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Naka-
Tense:
Past
Able to answer
Nakatubag
nah-kah-tooh-bahg
Nakatubag ko sa iyang tawag.
I was able to answer his/her call.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Nan-
Tense:
Past
Answered/ Responded (plural subjects)
Nanubag
nah-nooh-bahg
Nanubag ba sila sa atong tawag?
Did they answer our call?
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Ka- + -on
Tense:
Past / Present
On the verge of answering
Katubagon
Kah-tooh-bah-goohn
Katobagon na kaayo ko niya pero nagpugong lang jud ko.
I was on the verge of answering him/her, but I restrained myself.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
-in- + -an
Tense:
Past
Describe someone's manner of answering
Tinubagan *
teeh-nooh-bah-gahn
Tarunga ang imong tinubagan.
Answer properly. / Answer politely.
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Tinubagan functions as an adjective. It is included in this list to show alternative form and usage.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Nang-
Tense:
Past / Present
Action done by plural subject
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Nag-
Tense:
Past / Present
Answering
Nagtubag
nahg-tooh-bahg
Nagtubag ko sa iyang tawag.
I'm answering his/her call.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Nagpa
Tense:
Past / Present
Asking someone to answer something
Nagpatubag
nagh-pah-tooh-bahg
Nagpatubag ko aning mga survey papers sa mga estudyante.
I asked the students to answer these survey papers.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
I-
Tense:
Present
Asking someone to answer on your behalf
(imperative)
Itubag
eeh-tooh-bahg
Itubag ko sa mga tawag kay naa koy meeting.
Answer the calls on my behalf because I have a meeting.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Ipa-
Tense:
Future
To ask someone to respond/answer
(imperative)
Ipatubag
eeh-pah-tooh-bahg
Ipatubag ang mga tawag kang Juan.
Ask Juan to answer the calls.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
-a
Tense:
Present
Answer
(command)
Tubaga
tooh-bah-gah
Tubaga ang akong tawag.
Answer my call.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
-an
Tense:
Future
To write an answer on a certain paper e.g. test, survey
Tubagan
tooh-bah-gahn
Tubagan pud ni nakong luyo?
Do I need to answer the back too?
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Nag- + -in-+ -ay
Tense:
Past / Present
Sing or talk to each other; Altercation
Nagtinubagay
Nagh-teeh-nooh-bah-gahy
Nagtinubay ang duha ka artista sa ilang mga linya.
The two actors exchanged lines in their dialogue.
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Nagtinubagay can be used in either past or present tense, depending on the context and time marker present in the sentence.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Pa- + -a
Tense:
Future
To let a person answer
Patubaga
Pah-tooh-bah-gah
Patubaga sa ko!
Let me answer first!
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Pag-
Tense:
Present
Command
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Mo-
Tense:
Future
Will answer
Motubag
mooh-tooh-bahg
Motubag ko sa iyang tawag.
I will answer his/her call.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Man-
Tense:
Future
Will answer/ respond
(plural subject)
Manubag
mah-nooh-bahg
Manubag daw sila ighuman sa ilang meeting.
According to them, they will answer after their meeting.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Mag-
Tense:
Future
Will be answering
Magtubag
mahg-tooh-bahg
Magtubag ko og mga tawag.
I will be answering calls.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Ma-
Tense:
Future
To answer/respond
Matubag
mah-tooh-bahg
Wala nako matubag ang iyang tawag.
I wasn’t able to answer his/her call.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Maka-
Tense:
Future
1. Can answer
2. Will be able to answer
Makatubag
mah-kah-tooh-bahg
Dili ko makatubag nimo sa pagkakaron kay naa pa koy giatiman.
I can't respond to you right now because I'm still doing something.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Magpa-
Tense:
Future
Will ask someone to answer something
Magpatubag
magh-pah-tooh-bahg
Magpatubag daw si Juan sa iyang gi-email sa imoha.(polite way)
Juan kindly requested you to reply to the email he sent you.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
-on
Tense:
Future
Will answer/respond
Tubagon
tooh-bah-goohn
Tubagon teka ig abot nako sa balay.
I will respond to you once I get home.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Pa- + -an
Tense:
Future
Let a person answer something
Patubagan
Pah-tooh-bah-gahn
Patubagan ning likod sa form.
(I was told) Answer the back of the form.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Inig-
Tense:
Future
When a person answer/respond
Inigtubag
eeh-neehg-tooh-bahg
Dapat hilom lang ka ha,
inigtubag nako sa iyang mga pangutana.
You should just remain quiet, when I answer his/her questions.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
-i
Tense:
Future
To fill in answers
(imperative)
Tubagi
tooh-bah-geeh
Tubagi ang tanang mga blanko.
Answer all the blanks.
Note:
Tubagi may be common in other Cebuano speaking areas. Cebuanos in Cebu City rarely use this term when filling up or answering forms, test papers, or surveys. We usually use “Suwati ang mga blanko sa imong mga tubag.”
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Pa- + -on
Tense:
Future
Required to answer
Patubagon
Pah-tooh-bah-goohn
Patubagon daw ka sa iyang tawag.
You’ve been asked to answer his/her call.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Mang-
Tense:
Future
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Makig-
Tense:
Future
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Ma- + -an
Tense:
Future
Can put an answer onto something
Maansweran
mah-ahn-seeh-rahn
Dili nako maansweran.
I can’t write my answer.
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Na- + an
Tense:
Past
To put an answer onto something
Naansweran*
nah-tooh-bah-gahn
Naansweran na nimo ang survey?
Have you already filled out the survey?
Note:
Naansweran & Maansweran is an example of verbalizing an English noun word. This is pretty common in our daily conversation. See video lesson: https://www.cebuano101.com/verbalizing-english-nouns
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Prefix/ Suffix/ Infix:
Ka-
Tense:
Present
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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