"Bitte warten Sie fünf Minuten."

Translation:Please wait five minutes.

January 13, 2013



I think this is imperative/command and so needs the Sie even though we don't use it in english.

January 17, 2013


what is the 'Sie' for in this sentence?

January 13, 2013


I guess because it is a command (imperative) and you have to put the Sie after the verb

December 28, 2014


In imperatives, when we use a verb that ends with -en (and is also not on the end of the sentence), we have to use Sie.

March 25, 2017


How about Bitte warten Sie für fünf Minuten? Why don't we need the für here?

October 4, 2014


I never expect that English (Or maybe just US) would drop the "they"(object) complelely. Never learned that in school.

By the way, the construction of this particular sentence in Chinese is the same: Imperative + object + object complement, which is 请(Bitte)等(warten)他们(Sie)五(fünf)分钟(Minuten), just like in English: Give me five minutes, Wait him there, Drive home safe etc.

November 21, 2014


Sie in this case actually refers to the polite you (您) -- it's German protocol to repeat the Sie for the infinitive. So I suppose in Chinese this sentence would be more like 请您等五分钟 ?

November 22, 2014


Not sure. But you have a reason.

November 22, 2014


yes, you are right

January 3, 2015


"you, please wait for five minutes" would that be correct?

July 21, 2014


It would come across as slightly rude or confrontational in English.

September 16, 2014


It really depends on the context. for example, if someone is giving orders (military, for example) to multiple men, they would likeley use "you" however, when speaking with someone, omit the "you."

November 19, 2014


Weird. Last time I was asked for the translation of "Please wait five minutes" and I entered this text, and it counted it as wrong.

June 23, 2013


Anyone clarify the difference between warten sie and warte ?!

February 23, 2015


With the imperative form, if it is "du" it just ends in an "e" and the the "du" is dropped. So "Bitte Warte funf Minuten" would be the informal form of the sentence.

February 23, 2015


I don't see why they can't just say "Kannst du bitte fünf Minuten warten?"

May 29, 2015
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