WOTW: dear

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triplo word of the week - dear

 

今週の #WOTW は「dear」です。It’s a request by Akemi-san (We like requests! Send us more!). This word can be used four ways: as an adjective, a noun, an adverb, and an exclamation. Let’s have a look as an adjective first.

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- He’s my dear friend. (Regarded with deep affection.)

- This book is very dear to me. Please be careful with it. (See above.)

- My dear ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for coming today. (Used in speech as a polite or affectionate form of address.)

- Dear Sarah, I hope these lines find you well. Quite a lot has happened since we last saw each other… (Used in the polite form of address at the start of a letter.)

- She’s so dear. (Endearing; sweet.)

- I like Muji, but it’s a bit dear to me, so I shop at GU instead. (Expensive. This is British.)

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Let’s have a look at the noun now.

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- Dear, where did you put the car keys? (Used as an affectionate or friendly form of address.)

- John’s a dear, always helping people. (A sweet or endearing person.)

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It’s time for the adverb now.

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- Big brands sell dear while giving workers nothing but crumbs. (At a high cost. This is British.)

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We’ll leave - until next week - with the exclamation, used in expressions of surprise, dismay, or sympathy.

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- A: I lost my phone.
- B: Oh, dear!

- Oh dear, what am I going to do!

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発音は/dɪə/です。音節は2つです。北アメリカのアクセントで、最後にRの音はつけます。また来週!

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