How to make things bigger in German

Hey, dear German learners!

In this post, I showed you how to use the German diminutive. And I promised to tell you in a future post how to make things bigger.

Maybe you thought: “Darauf musste ich jetzt aber ganz schön lange warten!:face_with_monocle:

Yes, that’s true, I didn’t write the post until now :disappointed_relieved:

The good news is: “Ich habe gerade ganz schön viel Zeit und deswegen kann ich diesen Text schreiben :sweat_smile:

And that’s already the answer to the question: “How can I make things bigger in German?:top:

You can use adverbs like “ziemlich” (=quite), “sehr” (=very) and “ganz” (=pretty) in order to make adjectives bigger or stronger. Here is an example:

  • ein Bier :beer:
  • ein großes Bier :beers:
  • ein sehr großes Bier :beer: :beers: :beer:

At times, “schön” is also used as one of those adverbs. You can even combine it with other words, making the word even bigger! Let’s see an example:

  • Es ist heiß heute :face_with_thermometer:
  • Es ist schön heiß heute :woozy_face:
  • Es ist ganz schön heiß heute :hot_face: :hot_face: :hot_face: :rage:

How do you make things bigger in your language?

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Thanks for this great post @SKrausser!

Das ist voll nett von dir! (That’s really nice of you!)

You can also use superlatives to increase the size, value, or quality of something.
When we stick to @SKrausser’s combination method (ganz schön heiß) you can get pretty creative:

  1. Der Hund ist groß. (The dog is big) :dog:
  2. Der Hund ist rießig groß! (The dog is huge) :fox_face:
  3. Der Hund ist total rießig! (The dog is absolutely huge):bear:
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