"S'il te plaît"


January 8, 2013



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

January 8, 2013


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


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

January 9, 2013


Merci beaucoup

January 10, 2013


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


is this literally: if he pleases you?

January 23, 2013


If it pleases you.

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

January 23, 2013


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


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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