Your in Tagalog

In Tagalog which is widely spoken in the Philippines, the words “iyo” or “iyong” and “mo” are used interchangeably to mean “your” in Tagalog. “Iyo / Iyong” or “mo” are used to indicate “your” when speaking about ownership/possession/relation; depending on usage.

Showing hospitality to guests is a universal characteristic. In the Philippines, whenever there are visitors, the host and family all work together to make their guests feel comfortable. Some Filipinos even go to the extent of borrowing money from relatives or friends to be able to provide for the needs of the guests. In Tagalog, you can express your gratitude for your hosts’ hospitality by saying, “salamat (thank you) sa (for) iyong (your) magandang pagtanggap (hospitality).”

If you’ve been to a typical Filipino home, you will observe that the family is a very close-knit group. When people are with family there is a sense and a feeling of belonging.

Examples of using the word “your” in Tagalog, when referring to family relationship, include the phrases: your father which is “iyong ama” or “ama mo.”

To say “your mother” the words “iyong ina” or “ina mo” can be used. Similarly, if you want to say “your sister” then “iyong kapatid na babae” can be used and conversely when saying “your brother” then the phrase “iyong kapatid na lalaki” can be applied.

Although not all Filipino homes have extended families living there, there are some households where this is the case, especially in the provinces. There are also some extended families that do not live in one house but instead reside in the same compound, which is an area consisting of several houses exclusive to relatives.

The word for “your” in Tagalog is Iyo / Iyong” or “mo.”