Re: Degrees of adjectives
|Date:||Saturday, February 5, 2005, 15:56|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Scotto Hlad <scotto@A...> wrote:
>Figures... I find words that I like and something else has them.
>What are the uses of diminutive and augmentative?
Diminutives in English are suffixes on nouns that denote smallness,
youth, familiarity, or affection:
book-let; lamb-kin; brick-ette; duck-ling; dogg-y (with gemination to
preserve the /g/).
Augmentatives are suffixes on nouns that denote largeness or
grossness. I can't think of any in English. Italian has -one and
Spanish has -ón. Sometimes adverbs can be used with verbs for
I ate it; I ate it up; I ate it all up.
The house burned; the house burned down/up.
BTW the word can also be augmentive.