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    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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    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.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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

    Thank you very much. I understand

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