Deal vs. Dealer
The word "dealer" dealer holds the same suffix “er” as "worker", "painter" or "cooker". If you understand these, there won't be any difficulty in understanding how "dealer" is formed from the word "deal". Adding the suffix "-er" to nouns or verbs allows the formation of new words through a process called derivation. This is a great method of enriching the vocabulary of many languages, of which English. is one of them. Therefore, not only does "dealer" originate from the word "deal", they are also part of the same grammatical family, which means that their meanings are quite closely connected.
Even so, there are some subtle differences in the meanings of these words that require their use in different contexts, and which don't allow confusions. They are not synonyms and therefore, each word carries its own significance. Check all the meanings of the words "deal" and "dealer", along with clear examples of sentences containing them, in the following sections.
When do we use "deal"?
"Deal" can be used both as a noun and as a verb in sentences and phrases. When it appears as noun, the word defines an agreement or an arrangement which is closed especially in a business context. But it can also refer to the price paid for something and the quality or value received in exchange for money.
Finally, "deal" is also a verb used in certain constructions, mainly "deal with somebody/something" or "deal in something". The former means taking action in order to solve a problem or doing business with certain people or organizations; the latter refers to buying and selling particular products, as a business.
When do we use "dealer"?
As already explained when we talked about derivation, "dealer" is the noun created from the word "deal", and it always functions as a noun in any phrase or sentence. It can either define the person or company that buys and sells things for profit, or it can refer to the person whose job is to distribute the cards to players in a game.
Even though "deal" and "dealer" have similar spellings - a fact that is owed to the derivation process that formed the word "dealer" by adding the suffix "-er" to the word "deal" - they have slightly different meanings according to the context in which they are used and, therefore, must not be confused.