Greek augmentatives – Μεγενθυντικά
This post is the continuation of my previous one, where I explained how to produce diminutives from the original nouns. In this post I will do the same for the augmentatives.
The most common augmentative endings in Modern Greek language are :
-α βαρέλι > βαρέλα f
-άρα φωνή > φωνάρα f
-αράς κοιλιά > κοιλαράς m
-άρος σκύλος > σκύλαρος , Γιώργος > Γιώργαρος m
-ακλάς άντρας > άντρακλας m
Augmentatives represent as something bigger what the original word means (Giorgaros is big George and Giorgakis the little George). Παίδαρος is the big boy ..the macho boy. As you can notice there are no neutral augmentatives (they have to be masculine or feminine in Greek).
If you want to check out about augmentatives in general , and how they are used in many other languages , read this Wikipedia article. In one of my next posts I will explain how to produce nouns from verbs in Modern Greek.
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