"S'il te plaît"

Translation:Please

January 8, 2013

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/tefa_rr

Is there a difference between "s'il te plait?" and "s'il vous plait?"

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Politeness. Usually if you're talking to someone you don't know, or someone that deserves respect (ie and elder, a supervisor, your girlfriend's parents...) you would use "vous". If you're just talking to a buddy, you would use "te". Ditto for other situations. If you know the person use "tu" for you. If you don't know them or they're your boss, use "vous" for you. That's my take on it, but I'm not a native speaker.

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

You are right, but just one addition: "s'il vous plaît" is also adressed to several persons.

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tefa_rr

Merci beaucoup

January 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

very helpful. I have read several comments offering an explanation of the difference but this is the only one that complies with duolingo usage that I have seen applied so far.

January 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/noahdm

is this literally: if he pleases you?

January 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

If it pleases you.

"il" in this case means "it" "te" is the "you" part

January 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/murphyte

The literal translation is: "If it pleases you." I put this as my answer and it registered as wrong. The "correct" answer is idiomatic: "if you please." But the former is not wrong.

February 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/natasaa

FYI Also, the abbreviation of the phrase "s'il te plait" is S.T.P and for "s'il vous plait" S.V.P

February 4, 2013
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