conj. so long as
1. provided that, if and only if. Ihátag ku ning risíbu basta bayran ku nímu, I will give you the receipt provided that you pay me. Bísag magabin-an ka, basta na lang madala ákung gitúgun, Even if it takes half the night, so long as you do what you were told to do. 2. (so-and-so) is the case, no matter what anyone says. Na, basta, náa lagi, Well, that’s the way it is. There is, believe it or not; 3. with commands reminding a person to keep his promise: don’t forget! Basta ayaw giyud ug pakítà dinhig usab, Mark this, don’t ever show your face here again. Basta ha? Muuban ku, Don’t forget now. I want to go along. — nga, kay — to make the story short, suffice it to say that. Basta nga (kay basta) pagpanganti níya, nangatágak ang buláwan, Anyway, when he made a wish, gold pieces fell out. — kay see basta, 1, 2. bastabasta a. not very exact, accurate; v. do something in an inaccurate way. Ug bastabastáhun (ibastabasta) nímu, alkansi ta, If you do it any old way, we will lose money. dílì — not just ordinary. Dílì bastabasta tung kasála, That was no ordinary wedding.