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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