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Yes, you would be understood. However, in most places it would be regarded as baby-speak or informal. Also, you need to bear in mind that the choice of suffix to construct a diminutive varies from region to region. In Leon, north-west Spain, the suffices "-in" (dinerín) and "-ina" (galletina) are preferred, and often it's not even regarded as baby-speak. ...


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English The -ito ending, like most diminuitives, is productive. As syrux points out, there are other ones that are used more commonly in other areas and tend to be equally as productive (to his list can also be added -iño from Galicia and -ingo from the Andes). When we say a suffix is productive, that means that, theoretically, it can be added to any word ...


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To expound a bit on the other answers, and address one specific part of the question: Or is it a regional dialect/slang? The grammatical use of -ita / -ito is universal, however the idiomatic use of certain words is anything but! As an example mentioned in your question, "ahorita" is the normal way, in Mexico, to say "Right now" or "In just a moment" ...


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No En Español los sufijos diminutivos marcan generalmente tamaño pequeño, juventud, cariño o desdén pero no hay un estudio definitivo y las pautas se obedecen en gran medida a los usos locales o particulares del hablante. Sobre el uso de ahorita: uno de los casos más comunes es "ahorita"; que usado especialmente en Méjico para indicar urgencia, es usado ...



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