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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hipparchus190

Ο σκύλος and other words for dog

Please could someone say what the difference is between:

Ο σκύλος vs το σκυλί

Also, what is a σκυλάκι? Is it a little dog, and if so how little? I'm also wondering about σκυλίτσα.

October 9, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyn5WBZ7

The first two are both words for dog. You can choose which one to use. The other two are both words for little dog and relate to size. A puppy is ένα κουτάβι.

October 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Antonis106693

Basically σκυλάκι and σκυλίτσα are not the exact same thing.Η σκυλίτσα is the female little dog.Σκυλάκι is a more generic word for the little dog.

October 9, 2019

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

Other words for animals also have similar distinctions. For cat you can say γάτα (standard word for this animal), γατί another word often used colloquially for cat, γάτος - male (tom) cat, γατάκι - kitten.

October 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stergi3

Σκύλος is the official name. You cannot use the word σκυλί in a scientific paper for instance.

October 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hipparchus190

Excellent, thank you.

October 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hipparchus190

Thanks for you answers.

October 10, 2019
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