This is the equivalent of the English word what. It is followed by an ANG-phrase (phrase that is in focus) and may be answered by a simple nominal, adjectival, or verbal sentence. When the anticipated response is a plural noun-phrase, some speakers use the question word anu-ano. In other words, if only one thing is asked about, then the word ano is used. If more than one thing is asked about, then anu-ano is used. Here are some examples:
|Ano ang pangalan mo?|
Maria (ang pangalan ko).
|What is your name?|
(My name is) Maria.
|Ano ang “major” mo?|
Kasaysayan (ang “major” ko).
|What is your major?|
(My major is) history.
|Ano ang ginawa mo noong Sabado?|
Pumunta ako sa Laguna noong Sabado.
|What did you do last Saturday?|
I went to Laguna last Saturday.
|Ano ang pinanood ninyo kahapon?|
Pinanood namin ang “Ifugaw” kahapon.
|What did you watch yesterday?|
We watched “Ifugaw” yesterday.
|Anu-ano ang dala mo?|
Mga prutas at gulay (ang dala ko).
|What do you have there?|
(I have) fruits and vegetables (here).
|Anu-ano ang sinabi ng tatay?|
Sinabi niya na huwag kang iinom ng alak at umuwi ka ng maaga.
|What did Dad say?|
He said that you should not have liquor and you have to go home early.