Examples of augmentative sentences
- He erased it with a stroke of the pen.
- He hit him with his tremendous hand.
- The kid is already more than big.
- A dark storm cloud appeared .
- Such a big man does not know how to prepare food.
- She is always so bossy.
- He slammed the door.
- They bought a dog to take care of the house.
- A novel of sixty chapters was written .
- He goes out to dinner every Thursday with his friends.
- It shows that he was hungry: he ate a bowl of noodles.
- He goes here and there with his cart.
- Always the same stupid .
- I like it although it is a bit nosy.
- The petite eared was a famous killer.
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Characteristics of augmentatives
- The augmentatives are typical of the colloquial register, that is, of ordinary speech, so that they hardly have to be used in formal settings.
- Augmentative suffixes do not make an overly long list, nor is there a single, well-defined criterion for establishing how the augmentative of a given noun should be formed.
- There are nouns that have more than one possible augmentative form.
- They are imposed by speech. For example, we say Amadeus is a peliculón and Yesterday was partidazo (not say Amadeus is a peliculazo and Yesterday was one partidón ).
- Some words that include augmentatives have acquired their own identity, that is, they have been lexicalized with new meanings and that is why they do appear in dictionaries. For example: blackboard (augmentative of ‘blackboard’), bowl (augmentative of ‘cup’) or curtain (augmentative of ‘cloth’).
- Sometimes augmentatives are applied to adjectives, and the function they come to have becomes much more subjective : a kind of affectivity is added to the term. For example: strong guy, good guy or big man.
The words that make up the group of augmentatives have an immediate link with their opposites: diminutives , which assign a reduced size or intensity. We use them a lot in everyday life. For example: minute, little time, little flower.