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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Mon cher ami 
My dear friend


Une jupe chère 
an expensive skirt


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 5 answers

PaulC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

cher = dear (expensive) or dear (beloved)

Interestingly. dear can mean expensive or beloved in English too!
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paul,

Yes, sometimes it is just that simple !

DaveB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Yep, makes the micro quiz a tad confusing.

cher = dear (expensive) or dear (beloved)

Interestingly. dear can mean expensive or beloved in English too!

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JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Chère petite amie or chère amie

In 2.Sa ___ le quitte. (His dear girlfriend leaves him, I put petite amie which I thought meant girlfriend, but am marked as nearly right, correct answer being chère amie?
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Jennifer ! Here, we used the term "girlfriend" as in "girl friend" to infer gender, however your answer is also perfectly correct, so we've edited the question as to mark it as correct too. À bientôt !
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Bonjour Aurélie, Merci bien Jennifer
AnnC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I've also seen copine when referring to a girlfriend. But that was also marked wrong.

Chère petite amie or chère amie

In 2.Sa ___ le quitte. (His dear girlfriend leaves him, I put petite amie which I thought meant girlfriend, but am marked as nearly right, correct answer being chère amie?

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