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'I can' and 'I can’t' in Tagalog

October 13, 2011

 

I can                                                     I can’t

- Kaya ko                                            - Hindi ko kaya
- Pwede                                              - Hindi pwede
- Magagawa                                      - Hindi magagawa
- Maaari                                             - Hindi maaari

 

Examples:

I can do it!
Tagalog: Kaya ko ito!

I can’t do it!
Tagalog: Hindi ko kaya ito!

I can do anything.
Tagalog: Kaya ko kahit ano. / Magagawa ko ang kahit na ano.

I can’t do anything.
Tagalog: Hindi ko kaya kahit ano. / Hindi ko magagawa ang kahit na ano

I can be your hero.
Tagalog: Pwede akong maging tagapagtanggol mo. / Maaari mo akong maging tagapagtanggol.

I can’t be your hero.
Tagalog: Hindi ako pwedeng maging tagapagtanggol mo. / Hindi mo ako maaari maging tagapagtanggol.

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