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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carinofranco

"La nonna manda un libro al nipote."

March 3, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carinofranco

nipote means nephew or grandson, but the more common word for a younger grandson is nipotino.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marziotta

"nipotino" is not more common than "nipote", it's only a diminutive, used especially if the "grandson" or "nephew" is pretty young. Or as a cute word, like "sorellina" "fratellino" "paparino" and so on.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carinofranco

Yes, you are right. However, I was always a nipotino and Franchinello to my grandparents as I can remember.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marziotta

Because they loved you so much and were used to define you with a diminutive. :)

"Nipotino" is often used to refer to your own nephew or grandson, for the other ones you are not so cheesy. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crazy4hazy

They forgot about the female version again. Isn't nipote for both genders?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanProwse

It is, but I think here it's masculine because it's preceded by 'al' (a + il), for the feminine you would probably use 'alla' (a + la).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crazy4hazy

Of course, you're right. Stupid question, thanks for replying.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hornstein

What would be the word for grandchild? In my dictionary it is also nipote , but that was marked wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pont

I think the "grandchild" should be acceptable (though I'm not a native speaker). Did you report it?

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