Little dog

Little

little, meaning small, is often translated by adding the suffix -ito or -cito to the end of the noun; where the noun in question is feminine, the suffix agrees and becomes -ita or -cita. The suffix often expresses affection or approval. It is particularly common in Latin America; in Spain, the suffix -illo or -cillo is more common:

 

  •  a dog = un perro

  •  a little dog = un perrito

  •  a garden = un jardín

  •  a little garden = un jardincito

  •  my sister = mi hermana

  •  my little sister = mi hermanita

  •  a door = una puerta

  •  a little door = una puertecita

 

For more examples and particular usages see the entry little1

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