relating to a letter or a group of letters that is added to the end of a word to change its meaning or to form a different word

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Are there any rules how to build the diminutive?

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 ...
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When, if at all, should I add an e to the end of a noun in the dative case?

In the past, when a noun was in the Dativ case, one would add an e at the end of the verb. This would be an example: Das habe ich zu dem Kinde gesagt. This is obviously not the case anymore, and ...
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When do suffixes “-able” or “-ible” translate with “-bar” vs. “-lich”?

We can not simply translate the suffixes "-able" or "-ible" with "-bar" as there seem to be many examples where "-lich" is used instead. avoidable - vermeidbar vulnerable - verwundbar bootable ...
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Adjective endings: -isch, -lich or -ig?

I am in my first year studying German, and I couldn't not notice that some adjectives form from nouns with -ig (e.g. salzig, vorsichtig), others with -lich (monatlich, sommerlich etc.), and others ...