How to Say 'Have You Ever...' in Chabacano

In Chabacano, there is a distinct way to say the phrase 'have you ever...'. Even if you speak Spanish, you probably won't be able to guess it. šŸ˜

Here are some examples on how we say the phrase 'have you ever...' in Chabacano.

Chabacano: Ya puede ya ba tu proba come sardinas?
English: Have you ever tried eating sardines?

Chabacano: Ya puede ya ba tu anda na Manila?
English: Have you ever been to Manila?

Chabacano: Ya puede ya ba tu mira Spider Man?
English: Have you ever watched Spider Man?

Chabacano: Ya puede ya ba tu anda na pueblo solo?
English: Have you ever been downtown alone?

Chabacano: Ya puede ya ba tu tiene novio antes?
English: Have you ever had a boyfriend before?

Literally, the phrase ya puede ya ba tu... translates to 'have you been able to... ( at any time in the past). An alternative to the word puede is proba (pruba). You can substitute the word puede for the word proba in the sentences above and they will still have the same meaning (except for the first one which will become ya proba ya ba tu come sardinas?) However, when you say ya proba ya ba tu..., it literally means 'have you tried doing this or that in the past'.

If you're looking to form the past perfect tense in Chabacano, you simply have to put a ya both before and after the verb. So in the sentences above, just remove puede to convert them into the past perfect tense.

Chabacano: Ya proba ya ba tu come sardinas?
English: Have you tried eating sardines?

Chabacano: Ya anda ya ba tu na Manila?
English: Have you ever gone to Manila?

Chabacano: Ya mira ya ba tu Spider Man?
English: Have you ever watched Spider Man?

Chabacano: Ya anda ya ba tu na pueblo solo?
English: Have you been downtown alone?

Chabacano: Ya tiene ya ba tu tiene novio antes?
English: Have you had a boyfriend before?

In reality, even without puede, the sentences above will still convey the same meaning (have you ever...). But personally, I feel like putting puede adds emphasis. šŸ˜ The same goes for ba. You may or may not use it.

Here are some real life tweets which I found online using this form (ya puede ya ba...):

Babe. Ya pwede ya ba tu mira unfriended? (Babe, have you ever watched Unfriended)

etu gayot. Ya pwede ya ba tu anda aki? Hehe. Mira ta kwando se nextime. (Have you ever been here? Let's see when that next time is)

As can be seen from the other examples, this form can also be used to convey the past perfect tense.

Everyday gad ele tan ask if ya pwede ya ba daw kame kumpra (He is asking everyday if we have been able to buy (it) already)

ya pwede ya ba ka man exam? Man pass ya daw le grades Tom. :) (Have you been able to take the exam yet? He will pass the grades tomorrow)