English. General question marking particle, what? who?
Subanen. Si Uan kiin, ta'i baalenen?
English. What is What's-his-name doing here?
English. A contraction of the question marking particle and the determiner, -i
Subanen. Pelai, tai' migbundel dig bulsa mu kiin.
English. Intj., what's made your pocket bulge there?
Idiom: ta' dun
English. A disclaimer of responsibility, who knows?
Subanen. “Tanda' ma minangay su nga gembata'?” “Baa, tadun, nda'u mesuunayi gingayan nilan.”
English. “Where have the children gone?” “I don't know; I didn't learn where they were going.”
English. A construction into which one inserts a verb to create the real question, why, what is the reason that, as opposed to the
rhetorical question, why, which is an insult.
Subanen. Ta' ma daani ndi' kimputan dun gsigbet, meliang bianay.
English. What would be the reason it wouldn't (trail) be overgrown, when it is seldom used?