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Tagalog Grammar Lite Lesson 27 Ma-verbs Object Focus
You may want to review Appendix G at this point if you need a refresher on focus.
to get a glimpse of; to be able to see
to be able to get
to happen to remember
to happen to buy
to be able to read; happen to read
to be able to hear; happen to hear
to be able to eat; happen to eat
to be able to say; happen to say
to happen to burn
to happen to break
Object focus (OF) ma-verbs
As mentioned before, intransitive ma-verbs are actor focus, and transitive ma verbs are object focus:
intransitive verb = a verb that doesn’t use an object to form a sentence
transitive verb = a verb that needs an object to form a sentence
Ex A: Natutulog siya sa kuwarto.
= She’s sleeping in the room.
Ex B: Nakita niya ang puno.
= She was able to see the tree.
In A the verb is matulog = to sleep, which doesn’t take an object; you can’t “sleep someone or something”. So the verb is intransitive, which means it’s AF. You can also tell by noting the actor siya is ang-form.
In B the verb is makita = to be able to see, which takes an object; you can “see someone or something”. So the verb is transitive, which means it’s OF. You can also tell by noting the object puno is ang-form.
Sometimes the litmus test “can you verb someone or something?” doesn’t work very well, so it’s a good idea to memorize the focus when you learn a new ma-verb.
Formation & Aspect
Same as AF ma-verbs
To perform an OF action
To be able to do something
To do something unintentionally
To sense something
Ex: Makukuha ni Joe ang pangalan niya.
= Joe will be able to get her name.
Ex: Naalala ko ang numero ngayon.
= I remember the number now.
Ex: Nakita niya ang bahay.
= She glimpsed the house./She was able to see the house.
Additional Note for all OF Verbs
For OF verb basic-sentences, actor takes ng-form, object takes ang-form and IO takes sa-form
What will mother get a glimpse of?
Ano ang makikita ng nanay?
Father was able to get the car.
Nakuha ng tatay ang kotse.
Mario will be able to read the book, won't he?
Mababasa ni Mario ang libro, hindi ba?
I happened to remember the house.
Naalala ko ang bahay.
What is she able to say?
Ano ang nasasabi niya?
I happened to buy the ticket when I took the bus.
Nabili ko ang ticket noong nagbus ako.
They will also be able to hear the president.
Maririnig din nila ang presidente.
He's unintentionally eating the peanut.
Nakakain niya ang mani.
We (incl) won't accidentally burn the tree, will we?
Hindi natin masusunog ang puno, ano?
Where did you happen to break the glass?
Saan mo nabasag ang baso?
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