Diminuatives

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Diminuatives

  1. 1. Diminuatives using -ito Diminuatives are used to indicate smallness of size (‘little’), youngness in age, or intimacy (member of family). Some uses may surprise an English speaker.
  2. 2. Perro = dog perrito = ? puppy
  3. 3. gato = cat gatito = ? kitty
  4. 4. oso = bear osito = ? bear cub or teddy bear
  5. 5. mesa = table mesita = ? little table
  6. 6. señora = Mrs. señorita = ? Miss
  7. 7. chica = girl chiquita = ? little girl
  8. 8. abuela = grandmother abuelita = ? grandma
  9. 9. abuelo = grandfather abuelito = ? grandpa
  10. 10. hermano = brother hermanito = ? little brother
  11. 11. burro = donkey burrito = ? little donkey
  12. 12. mamá = mom mamacita = ? mommy
  13. 13. mosca = fly mosquito = ? little fly
  14. 14. Diminuatives can also be used with names of people and places. Sometimes these are nicknames, sometimes they are not.
  15. 15. pueblo = town pueblito = ? little town
  16. 16. cerro = hill Cerritos = ? little hills City in Southern California near Long Beach
  17. 17. Juana Juanita
  18. 18. Pepé Pepito
  19. 19. Miguel Miguelito
  20. 20. Lupe Lupita
  21. 21. fin

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