When learning a language, Sa Ed it is important to not only learn its grammar rules and vocabulary but also the nuances and common mistakes that learners tend to make. One of the common mistakes in Tagalog language learning is overusing the phrase “sa ed” (sa + ed) in sentences. While “sa ed” has its appropriate usage, it is not always necessary and can actually be avoided in certain situations. In this blog, we will discuss when to avoid using “sa ed” in Tagalog sentences.
Understanding “Sa Ed” in Tagalog
“Sa ed” is a combination of two Tagalog words: “sa” which means “in” or “on” and “ed” which is the shortened form of “edad” meaning “age”. “Sa ed” is commonly used to indicate age in Tagalog sentences. For example, “Nasa kanyang dalawampu’t limang taong gulang na siya” (She is already 25 years old). In this sentence, “sa ed” is used to indicate the person’s age.
When to Avoid Using “Sa Ed” in Tagalog Sentences
- When Indicating Possession
One of the common mistakes learners make is using “sa ed” when indicating possession. For example, saying “Ang lapis sa ed ko” instead of “Ang lapis ko” (My pencil). The correct way to indicate possession in Tagalog is to use possessive pronouns such as “ko” (my), “mo” (you’re), “niya” (his/her), “name” (our), “ninyo” (your plural), and “nila” (there).
- When Indicating Location
Another common mistake is using sa ed to indicate location. For example, saying “Nasa loob ng kotse sa ed ako” instead of “Nasa loob ng kotse ako” (I am inside the car). In this case, “sa ed” is not necessary as “ako” (I) already indicates who is inside the car. To indicate the location in Tagalog, it is enough to use the preposition “sa” (in/on) or “NASA” (inside).
- When Indicating Time
“Sa ed” is also commonly used to indicate time in Tagalog sentences. For example, “Nag-aaral ako sa ed ngayon” (I am studying at this age). However, when indicating time, “sa ed” can be replaced with the preposition “sa” (in) or “noong” (when). For example, “Nag-aaral ako ngayon” (I am studying now) or “Nag-aaral ako noong dalaga pa ako” (I was studying when I was still single).
- When Indicating Occupation
Using “sa ed” to indicate occupation is another common mistake. For example, saying “Siya ay isang doktor sa ed” instead of “Siya ay isang doktor” (She is a doctor). To indicate occupation in Tagalog, the appropriate verb is used such as “nagtratrabaho bilang” (working as) or “nangangasiwa sa” (managing). For example, “Siya ay nagtratrabaho bilang doktor” (She is working as a doctor) or “Siya ay nangangasiwa sa kanyang kumpanya” (She is managing her company).
- When Indicating Nationality
“Sa ed” is also sometimes used to indicate nationality in Tagalog sentences. For example, “Siya ay Pilipino sa ed” sa ed is not a commonly used word or phrase to indicate nationality in Tagalog. The more commonly used word to indicate nationality is “nasyonalidad”. So, the sentence “Siya ay Pilipino sa ed” would be more accurately translated as “Siya ay Pilipino sa nasyonalidad” or “Siya ay Pilipinong pangkat-etniko” (He is Filipino in nationality/ethnicity).