Talking about Coming Events
Using the Contemplated Aspect of Verbs

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Form

In the contemplated aspect, the -um affix of an -um verb is dropped, and the first syllable of the verb root is repeated, i.e., the first consonant and vowel or first vowel is the root word starts with a verb.  The affixes mag- and ma- are not dropped.   However, the first syllable of the verb base is reduplicated.

example:
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turqball.gif (579 bytes)Kakain ako.
turqball.gif (579 bytes)Mag-aaral ako sa laybrari.
turqball.gif (579 bytes)Matutulog ako sa otel.

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Use

The contemplated aspect of verbs is used to indicate an action that has not started and that is merely anticipated.  This aspect is used when you make plans and describe future activities.  Oftentimes, a phrase or word that indicates future time is used.

 

Verb

Actor (focus)

Location

Time Expression

Kakain

ako

 

mamaya

Mag-aaral

ako

sa laybrari

bukas

Mamatulog

ako

sa otel

sa Sabado

example:
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turqball.gif (579 bytes)Kakain ako mamaya.
turqball.gif (579 bytes)Mag-aaral ako sa laybrari bukas.
turqball.gif (579 bytes)Matutulog ako sa otel sa Sabado.

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Meaning

Aspect in Tagalog is indicated by means of verbal inflection that includes adding the affixes ma- and mag- to the root of verbs and reduplication of the first syllables and by merely reduplication without adding an affix for -um verbs. 

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