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- -ken (colloquial in northern Germany and Westphalia)
-chen n (plural -chen)
- Words ending in the suffix -chen are always neuter, whatever gender the basic word.
- Generally, with few exceptions, diminutives with -chen have an umlauted stem vowel. Double vowels must be singled as the combinations ää and öö are not permitted in German orthography (e.g. Härchen from Haar, Bötchen from Boot).
- Words ending in -ch (and some others) use the double suffix -elchen, e.g. Strichelchen from Strich. However, the suffix -lein is quite common for these words in writing (Strichlein).