So even though diminutives are all het words, plurals still over rule and make them a de word?
Formally, if I understand correctly, the gender of compound words is defined by the 'last' word. de + de word is de, het + de is de, de + het is het, het + het is het. je isn't a noun by itself, but it would be neuter, so all +je diminutives are het words.
EDIT: To be clear, that's the explanation why +je diminutives are het words. Plural +je diminutives are de words like all other plurals.
well diminutives aren't compound words, so your reasoning is flawed there, just remember that all diminutives are neuter.
So basically, if I am unsure of the word's gender, I can just use dimunitive on everything and add "het" to it. Would that be okay?
Maybe tinyset is onto something here--a recipe to not take the world too seriously...