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Tagalog : na ... pa ...

Discussion in 'Tagalog and Filipino Languages' started by Qcumber, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. Qcumber Senior Member

    UK English
    Hello, I don't understand this sentence:
    Di na rin lang kayo magsasaka'y aanhin pang kalabaw.
    All I can see is that it's based on the na ... pa ... structure.
    I also know the saying;
    Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo?
    "Of what use will the grass be now that the horse is dead?"

    Could anyone be so kind as to translate it for me?
     
  2. MariadeManila

    MariadeManila Junior Member

    Tagalog - Philippines
    hi Q!

    yeah ur right that it pertains to the said saying.
    it means:
    "Of what use will the carabao be if u'll stop farming"
    (carabao is of help in ploughing)

    best regards!
     
  3. Qcumber Senior Member

    UK English
    Thanks a lot, MariadeManila.
     
  4. Cracker Jack Senior Member

    Literally it is translated as ''Now that you are no longer farming (doing farming task), what would you do with the carabao (water buffalo).'' But Maria's translation is also apt.

    It could be used in figurative sense. It means you won't find something useful if you are not engaged in an activity for which it was intended.
     

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