There is an interesting discussion going on about the word for rabbit, Kaninchen which looks like a diminutive but (probably) isn't. The question arose in that thread over whether there are other ...
The German Wikipedia article on diminutive features a section on “Verselbständigte Diminutive”. These words all have conventional meaning, i.e. they are listed in a dictionary by themselves and not as ...
A line from Die schöne Müllerin reads bis das Meer will trinken die Bächlein aus. I always had trouble with genders, but I did understand a -lein suffix to make its root neuter, ...
Is there a rule (or best practice) on how to get from a "Substantiv" to it´s diminutive form and also back again? What I mean is i.e: How to get from Haus to Häuschen and back to Haus. It´s a ...
The suffix "-chen" is used as a diminutive, but a "standard" rabbit is already called a "Kaninchen", with the diminutive. How do you say "small rabbit" then? Ein Kaninchenlein or simply Ein ...
I stumbled upon the English term Truthiness "truth" that a person claims to know intuitively "from the gut" in that it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or ...
We build a diminutive by adding the suffix -lein or -chen. For some nouns one is preferred over the other whereas with other nouns both may be used. Examples: der Tisch | das Tischlein | das ...