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Verkleinerungsform. A word which has been modified to convey a slighter degree of its root meaning. Die grammatische Verkleinerungsform eines Substantivs.

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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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"Das arme Gretchen" oder "Die arme Gretchen"?

Soweit ich weiß, man kann sagen „Das arme Gretchen“ oder „Die arme Gretchen“1 (im Singular, nicht im Plural). Welcher Artikel ist gewöhnlicher? The Philosophy of Grammar, von Otto Jespersen, 1924, p. ...
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How do you say "small rabbit" in German?

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 ...
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More pseudo-diminutives like “Eichhörnchen”?

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 ...
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Reduktion von Adjektiven (Gegenteil zur Steigerung)

Können die Adjektive im Deutschen neben einer Steigerungsform auch eine Reduktionsform bilden? Zum Beispiel anhand des Hilfswortes weniger: Ich habe bemerkt, dass es Adjektive gibt, die keine un-...
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How to get from the diminutive form to the root word (from Häuschen to Haus), and back?

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 ...
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