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Kamusta kayo, ako si Erica. Hi everybody! I’m Erica.
Welcome to FilipinoPod101.com’s “Filipino sa 3 minuto”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Filipino.
In the last lesson, we learned how to ask "when" questions in Filipino.
This time, we are going to ask yes or no questions.
Imagine you’re considering a place to live in. You might want to ask some of the following questions:
“Malawak ba ang lugar?” “Is the place spacious?”
“HIndi ba mahal ang renta?” “Is the rent not expensive?”
“May tindahan bang malapit?” “Is there a shop nearby?”
“Tumatanggap ba sila ng may alagang hayop?” “Do they accept people with pets?”
In Filipino, yes or no questions are marked by the particle “ba.” It is usually placed after the first word in the sentence which is not another particle. So we went from “Malawak ang lugar.” “The place is spacious.” to “Malawak ba ang lugar?” “Is the place spacious?” and so on.
However there are some exceptions to this.
One common example is, if the sentence has the pronoun “ka,” then the particle “ba” comes after it.
“Pupunta ka ba?” Are you going?”
When asking yes or no questions politely then the particle “ba” would also come after “po.”
“Malawak po ba ang lugar?”
“HIndi po ba mahal ang renta?”
“May tindahan po bang malapit?”
“Tumatanggap po ba sila ng may alagang hayop?”
The particle “ba” is also used in the Filipino tag question, “hindi ba?” It can be translated as “isn’t it?” Just like in english, we also put tag questions at the end of the sentences. “Maganda ang lugar na ito, hindi ba?” “This place is good, isn’t it?”
“Hindi ba?” could also be shortened to “‘di ba?”
“Maganda ang lugar na ito, ‘di ba?”
Now it’s time for Erica’s Tips.
Instead of simply saying “oo” or “yes,” here’s a useful expression you can use when agreeing to someone: “Oo nga.” It’s like saying “Yeah, you’re right.”
“Maganda ang lugar na ito, ‘di ba?”
“Oo nga.”
Now you know how to use “ba” to make yes or no questions in Filipino. Next time we’ll learn something I bet you’ll really like. Find out what it is in the next Filipino sa 3 minuto lesson. Hanggang sa muli!

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