ma-1vb prefixability. Attached to verbs ma- indicates that the actor has the ability to perform the action and indicates that the action results in a state or conditionFor more information, see the Grammatical Sketch, sec. 5.39.ma-(áram)vability to knowDili siya maaram maglupad.He did-not know-how to-fly.ma-(kúha)vability to get.Makuha untani niya an usad na dyutay na kahon.He would-like to-be-able-to-get a small box.ma-(kikíta)vcan be seenMakikita mo an tyinda.The merchandise can-be-seen by-you.
ma-2adj affixstate of being. On adjectival roots ma- indicates state of being of the noun being describedFor more information see the Grammatical Sketch, sec. 3.2.ma-(tahóm)adjAn sa sulod san kahon usad na matahom na kulibangbang.It is beautifulA beautiful butterfly was-what was-inside of-the box.ma-(táwo)vbecome a person. Here ma- forms a Stative verb from a noun specifying what the Topic will become.Matatawo na sa Betlehem an Manunubos na si Jesus.The Redeemer who is Jesus will-be-born-a-person in Bethlehem.ma-(dubók)vbecome rotten. In the following example the ma- affix occurs with an adjectival root to form a stative verb.Madudubok an iya isda.His fish will-become-rotten.
ma-3vb affixsubjective action. This ma- affix alternates with the mag-1 affix to mark the agent as Topic of the clausema-(dabók)vignite something, kindle something, make a fireMadabok ako sin kalayo.I will-ignite a fire.cfmag-1subjective action
maagamàagáadj dawn, early pre-dawnNakapangkaturog kami maaga na.We-all finally-went-to-sleep by early-pre-dawn.cfagamorning
mabulomabúlon species of fruit. The mabulo has an apple-like color and flesh but a fuzzy skin like a peach. The name is used for both the fruit and the tree. The wood is used for furnitureDiospyros discolor