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How to add the meaning "a lot" to a verb in tagalog

For example, I want to say: Since then, we talk a lot.

I didn't see, on the internet, anything concerning an adverb meaning "a lot". However, I read that, for some verbs with the mag- affix, the repetition of the first syllabe would mean "a lot".
So, for instance: Mag-usap (to talk) --> Mag-uusap (to talk a lot)
But then, how can we make a distinction between the future tense and the infinitive? I guess it would depend of the context of the sentence?

So... Mula noon, nag-uuusap tami.

Is that correct?
Thanks for your help.

For learning: Filipino (Tagalog)
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    We don't actually have a word for "a lot".
    A lot (if used to determine quantity) = marami (many)
    A lot (if used to determine frequency of events) = palagi (always)

    Mag-usap (to talk) --> Mag-uusap (will talk)
    In the infinitive, you don't need to repeat the first syllable.
    I think what you encountered was "mag-" as a NOUN affix.
    One of the uses of "mag-" as a NOUN affix indicates the relationship expressed by the root.
    Magkaibigan lang kami = We're just friends. (Note the word was kaibigan=friend)
    Nawawalang mag-ina. = Missing mother and child. (Root was ina=mother)

    If we retain "mag" and repeat the first syllable it'd be plural.
    MagKAKAibigan lang kami = We're just friends. (This involves me with 2 or more other friends)
    Nawawalang mag-IIna. = Missing mother and children. (This involves a mother and her 2 or more kids)

    Since then, we talk a lot. = Mula noon, palagi kaming nag-uusap.

    Other acceptable translations are:
    Mula noon, LAGI kaming nag-uusap.
    Mula noon, palagi/lagi NA kaming nag-uusap

    Hope I helped you. :)

    I think its better to use "Mula noon, palagi kaming nag-uusap" always = "palagi"

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