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Re: Degrees of adjectives

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Saturday, February 5, 2005, 15:56
--- In, 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 augmentation: 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. Charlie