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    Diminutive usages...

    I'm a bit confused about diminutives. I remember while browsing in another thread that you would use certain forms of a name in certain situations. Is there a certain pattern as to when to use them?

    Like... for Anna, when would I use the following forms?

    Аня, Анюта, Анечка, Аннушка

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    Анна - formal
    Аня - almost all informal situations
    the more diminutive forms - mother to child or something like that

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    Re: Diminutive usages...

    Quote Originally Posted by coolmario
    I'm a bit confused about diminutives. I remember while browsing in another thread that you would use certain forms of a name in certain situations. Is there a certain pattern as to when to use them?

    Like... for Anna, when would I use the following forms?

    Аня, Анюта, Анечка, Аннушка
    Анюта, Анечка - use them when you're talking to kids or to someone you know very well. Or when flirting .

    Аннушка - usually applied towards not so young person. Or if you'd like to be ironic ( by making reference to Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita" character )

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    Aren't there a lot of people who hate it when you call them by one of those ultra-diminutive -юшенька forms?

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    Аlso you can ironically say Нюра, Нюрка. But it is not always ironical. I have two friends named Аня, and so that they won't answer at the same time when I'm addressing to one of them, I usually call one of them Нюра.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pravit
    Aren't there a lot of people who hate it when you call them by one of those ultra-diminutive -юшенька forms?
    Yes there are. And I think that non-native Russian speakers should be careful when using diminutives and other "language extensions" (and even avoid them when possible). There are too many subtle aspects of proper usage of them.

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    Re: Diminutive usages...

    Quote Originally Posted by DenisM
    Анюта, Анечка - use them when you're talking to kids or to someone you know very well. Or when flirting .
    Hmm... do I also use those forms if I supposedly have a girlfriend and I were talking to/about her?

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    Re: Diminutive usages...

    Quote Originally Posted by coolmario
    Quote Originally Posted by DenisM
    Анюта, Анечка - use them when you're talking to kids or to someone you know very well. Or when flirting .
    Hmm... do I also use those forms if I supposedly have a girlfriend and I were talking to/about her?
    Why not?

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