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    Default Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    "Dear me" can express sympathy, I want to ask when a beggar want to get the sympathy, can he say "Dear me"?

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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    No.

    "Oh dear me!" is a rather old-fashioned expression of surprise and a bit of shock.
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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    "Dear me" can express sympathy, I want to ask when a beggar want to get the sympathy, can he say "Dear me"?

    As Barb says, "Dear me" is a slightly old-fashioned term that usually expresses surprise or concern:
    "Dear me, look at the time. I must head home before it gets dark."
    "Dear me, where on earth have I put my glasses?"

    The phrase "poor dear" expresses sympathy.
    "You poor dear, you mustn't let this accident upset you".

    I can imagine a beggar, particularly in a literary context, saying "Pity me", "Take/Have pity on me".


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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    The beggar might also say "Poor me". Here, "poor" does not mean "not rich" (although of course that is true of a beggar) but it means "Unfortunate me".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    You mean "Dear me" can be used in a begging situation. If so what's the difference between "Dear me" and "Poor me"?
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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by sdire View Post
    You mean "Dear me" can be used in a begging situation.
    No, as people have explained.
    If so what's the difference between "Dear me" and "Poor me"?
    This has been explained.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    But according to Oxford Dictionary, it can also express sympathy. Does it only show sympathy to others or ask sympathy form others?

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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    'Dear me' is not used to elicit sympathy from others. Barb and JMurray have explained how it is used.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Can "Dear me" be used in a begging situation?

    Thank you very much. I understand

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