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Greetings Liliya

This is from an old Russian dictionary:
о́слик, -а м. уменьш.-ласк к осел
Please could you write it out in Russian in full i.e. without any abbreviations? Any explanations/translations will be most welcome.

By the way, why is к not followed by the dative?

I realise that:
уменьши́тельный = diminutive
ласка́тельный = affectionate
But I'm not sure what form they should go into here when written in full.

Best wishes, and many thanks,

Simon

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Hi Simon,

м. = мужской род (masculine gender)
уменьш.-ласк = уменьшительно-ласкательное (affectionate diminutive: used to express affection)

к is not followed by the dative, because the word "слову" is omitted - it's a dictionary format ("к слову осел" is implied and you can see that "слову" is used in the dative)

Hope this explains everything. Let me know if you need more clarification.

Regards,

Liliya.

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