In what situation do you use the word "dear"? Are there any other meanings of "dear"?
The word "dear" has quite a few uses. It is often used to refer to a person who is really loved or liked by someone else. Ex: She was a very dear friend. Ex: He was very dear to me. "Dear" can also be used at the beginning of a letter or email to greet the person you are writing to. Usually this is a more formal way to start a letter or email. Ex: Dear Mum and Dad/Ms. Lewis. The way that "dear" is being used here is to express. We can use "dear" to show anger, disappointment, sadness, or surprise. Ex: Oh dear! I've lost my keys again. Ex: Dear me, it's already 4.30 and I told my mum I'd be home by 5.
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