Cher= dear / expensive (adjectives that change meaning according to position)

Note that certain adjectives change their meanings depending if they appear before or after the noun.

Look at these uses of cher / chère:

Mon cher ami My dear friend

Une jupe chère an expensive skirt

Before the noun, cher / chère means 'dear' or 'beloved', but after the noun it means 'expensive'.

 

NB: generally adjectives appear after the noun, but some very common adjectives go before.

 

See also: 

Ancien = former / old (adjectives that change meaning according to position) 

Propre = own / clean (adjectives that change meaning according to position) 

Certain = specific / sure (adjectives that change meaning according to position) 

Dernier = final / previous (adjectives that change meaning according to position)

Vrai = real / true (adjectives that change meaning according to position)  

 

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Examples and resources

Mon cher ami My dear friend
Une jupe chère an expensive skirt
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