How to use them in a phrase/sentence
- Simply add the color after the object being described as in:
Bag gaddung = Green bag
Badju’ itum = Black shirt
Pinta puti’ = White paint
Panyu’ biyaning = Yellow handkercheif
2. Attaching the “color word” before the object being described is also acceptable but seldom used by Tausug speakers. They sound kinda awkward.
gaddung bag (same as above)
3. Repeating the words would mean decreasing the amount of color. Yes, Tausugs are fond of repeating words.
Amun badju’ ku itum-itum. (That shirt of mine which a bit black)
Awn kiyta’ ku sumping biyaning-biyaning. (I saw a flower with a shade of yellow)
4. As an adjective, simple add the prefix “Ma-“.
Magaddung isab in pinta sin bay mu. (Your house’s paint is too greenish)
In matta hi Abdul mapula. (Abdul’s eyes are reddish)
5.When using to describe a person’s complexion use only maputi’ (white) to mean “lighter skin color” or maitum (black) to mean “darker skin color/complexion”.
In anak hi Maryam maitum. (Maryam’s child is dark in complexion)
Asal in milikan maputi’. (The Americans are inherently light-skinned)
Light color = Hilaw /mahilaw
Example: “In yaun biyaning hilaw.“ = That one is (colored) light yellow
In tawmpa’ niya kuwlur black. (His shoes are black in color)