Cebuano Grammar

The Cebuano grammar allows you to manipulate the vocabulary to obtain multiple forms of a word. The grammatical rules below are the most important in Cebuano and help connect words or shape the structure. We start with the prepositions:

And: ug  Audio Under: ilawm  Audio
Before: wa pa  Audio After: humana  Audio
Inside: sulod  Audio Outside: gawas  Audio
With: uban  Audio But: pero  Audio
For: para  Audio From: gikan  Audio
To: inig  Audio In: sa  Audio

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Questions and Adverbs

To ask questions, use the following:

What?: unsa?  Audio Who?: kinsa?  Audio
How?: giunsa?  Audio Why?: nganu?  Audio
Where?: asa?  Audio

Some of the most important time adverbs:

Never: dili jud  Audio Rarely: panagsa  Audio
Sometimes: usahay  Audio Usually: sa kanunay  Audio
Always: kanunay  Audio Very: kaayo  Audio

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Most commonly used pronouns in Cebuano:

I: ako  Audio You: ikaw  Audio
He: siya  Audio She: siya  Audio
We: kita  Audio They: sila  Audio

To express the possession of something [possessive form]:

My: Ako-a  Audio Your: imuha  Audio
His: iyaha  Audio Her: iyaha  Audio
Our: Ato-a  Audio Their: ilaha  Audio

Grammar in a sentence

Some random verbs to show how it's being used:

I speak English: makasulti ko ug Ingles  Audio
You speak French: makasulti ka ug Prench  Audio
He speaks German: makasulti siya ug German  Audio
She speaks Italian: makasulti siya ug italiano  Audio
I visited France: nibisita ko sa Pransya  Audio
I will drink milk: muinom mi ug gatas  Audio


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Some extra grammatical structures:

I understand you: nakasabot ko nimu  Audio
I don't understand you: wa ko kasabot nimu  Audio
I don't speak French: di ko musulti ug French  Audio
This is my house: ako ni balay  Audio
That restaurant is far: kana nga kan-anan kay layo  Audio
No problem: way problema  Audio

The above Cebuano grammar can provide tools to use in coordination with the Cebuano vocabulary to obtain some popular Cebuano phrases.

Cebuano Phrases

Cebuano Vocabulary


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Did you know? Grammar can help you increase your vocabulary dramatically. Grammar is like a tool which helps you manipulate words in a sentence by changing the shape and location of a word to create something new out of the old one.