Translation:S'il vous plaît !

February 9, 2013

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how can plait and plaît both be correct?


"plait" was a change from the 1990 French spelling reforms, where most usages of the circumflex accent have no change in pronunciation when used on a "i" or "u".

Both spellings are considered acceptable.


I was told in one question to "remember the accents" and put the i with the arrow in "plait" and then here it seems both ways are correct. Go figure! Thanks for your explanation, though.


Agree!!! If both are correct, then Duolingo exercises need to take out the "remember the circumflex" nastygram on those other exercises.

Inconsistency makes learning more difficult.


no, it is not. it makes you to know much more than it should be, yes it's hard, but the more we know the better.


It figures. Even tho I was taking advanced French in 1992, nobody said anything about this "reform" in class!


Textbooks are often outdated by the time they reach the classroom. I should've guessed what was afoot when I saw the choice, though. But had I not been wrong, I never would have checked this discussion and never found out about the loss of our beloved circumflex. I for one should like to stage a protest for its return. Who's with me? Allons-y, mes amis!


What is a circumflex?


It's the little hat you might sometimes see above some French vowels.


In French, I think it is "accent circonflexe." I recall in French class we'd learned the names of the various accent marks we used. And that was before 1990 so I don't know what it might be now.


Thanks for the explanation


A bit confusing to remember both ways.


The computer knows what you mean when you say plait and you get it correct, but reminds you to pay attention to the accents and say plait.


When do you use "vous" and when do you use "te" (as seen earlier in this exercise)? Is it like vous and tu, when its a matter of who you are speaking to?


Vous is formal speech (e.g. to an elderly person, someone higher in rank, a teacher) Tu (or in this case te, which is also correct) is informal (e.g. a friend, a parent)


"te" is not also correct. It is the only correct form of the pronoun "tu" in the sentence "S'il te plaît." because it acts as an object (te) not subject (tu) there. See French personal pronouns.

In this sentence the subject is "il".


How do you know that you have to say "s'il te plait" and not "s'il tu plait" (because that's what I thought considering "tu" and "vous" are both pronouns)


It is because the pronoun "tu" acts as an object in the sentence so it has the form "te".

French personal pronouns change their form according to the function they have in the sentence. See the link in my comment above. "vous" have the same form in all the cases.


Thanks! Much appreciated.


Vous is for the older people and the one you should respect more and te is for friends and family


It is also plural. If you are speaking to a group, then you would use vous.


what about the strangers we met in the street?and colleagues in the same position? Is it absolutely wrong for a teacher to say "vous" to students?


Strangers is normally vous. In French (and Dutch) you are invited to "tutoyer", which means that you're allowed to adress the other party with "tu" instead of "vous". And a teacher will say "vous" to his/her students in some formal schools, but it creates some distance (or ridicule, depends).


it really helps! but how about colleagues in the same position with me(not my leader)?


Depending on the level of informality, it can be both. I guess you would say "vous" to a colleague you seldom see (and therefore not know very well), but "tu" to a guy/girl with whom you'd be working with everyday. It's fingerspitzengefühl, really.


thanks it really helped me understand better ;)


Besides "vous" being formal, and "te" (a form of "tu") being more informal, another thing to note is that "vous" is also used for a plural "you". A little tip I learned in class that can help here sometimes! :)


vous is formal like speaking to a crowd or some one you don't know or Tu is an informal like talking to a friend. both have same meaning it just depends on who you are talking to


If you're on a first date with someone, what would it be? and if it's vous, at what point would you graduate to saying tu?


I think on a date you can go with "tu" even if it's the first one. It's not like it's a business meeting or something so you don't necessarily need to be particularly formal. Or you can just wait until your date addresses you first and see if they use "tu" or "vous". Or better yet, you can ask ("On se tutoie?"). It can serve as an icebreaker and at least you'll know


I had to tick all the correct sentences of 3 given. In 2 was the word "plait", and in 1 "plaît", so that was the only 1 I've ticked. It said that I was supposed to tick all of them, so I was like, okay, maybe you can use "plait" too. But when I had to translate the sentence "Please, no!", and in other similar exercises, writing "plait" was marked as wrong. So, can I or can I not use the word "plait", and is it even a word in French?


I had the same problem. I don't get how both the one with and without the correct accent are correct!


Can you please read the other messages on this thread? It's been explained several times already and asking the same question a hundred times only clutters up the thread.


Why isn't s'il te plait correct also since it does not specify who is being addressed?


why is Plait not acceptable?


You never use "plaît" alone. That's just how it is, you have to use the whole sentence, sometimes shortened as "siouplaît" (pronounced "sjooplay") in very informal speech.


My three options for this question were "S'il vous plaît", " S'il te plaît" and "S'il vous plait". I selected the two with the circumflex on the î and not the one that was missing it. Apparently this was the wrong answer?


This can be quite confusing. However, if you scroll to the top of the page, you should see a comment by mart0258, briefly explaining the French language reform of the 1990s.

Short answer: Both forms of "plaît" ("plaît" and "plait") are correct.


Still confused why that's the case, too :-/


"complaire" is given as a translation in the drop down box, but I was marked incorrect for it.

What is going on with this word?


They gave me three options to pick from, to tick all the correct ones for please: 1) S'il vous plaît, s'il te plait and s'il vous plait. Without the accent on the 'i's, I thought it was a trick question. But it turns out they were all correct!



Traditionally, there is a circumflex accent on the "i" of "plaît." However, in 1990, French orthography was reformed and one of the objects of this reform was to drop the circumflex accent on the letters "i" and "u", except when using it would prevent confusions (such as "sur", meaning "on" and "sûr" meaning "certain"). That being said, many people don't know when the accent can be dropped or not so for most words, both versions are acceptable.


why is it that plait can have an accent sometimes and not others??


it depends how you say ti


Why are there so many words for please???


i am not vary good yet


It says I’m not correct when I write exactly what it says!


I am doing this question on the word bank format and it does not have the "vous" Help!


What's the difference between "s'il vous plait" and "s'il te plait"?


I got "S'il vous plait" accepted (without accent), is it a bug or you can use whichever form?


The computer knows what you mean when you say plait and you get it correct, but reminds you to pay attention to the accents and say plait.


They are just going easy on you for missing the accent. You still need to use the accent.


I just put s'il tu plaît, what did I do wrong?


Needs "te" not "tu".


Not just 'for this website': 's'il te plaît' is right and 's'il tu plaît' is wrong.


why not "pardon"?


"Pardon" would be "sorry" or "excuse me" but not "please". "Please" can only be "S'il te/vous plaît" in French.


I thought plait needed the thing over the I?????


So Duolingo says "be careful with the accents" when I write "plait" but all of the sudden "plait" is accepted in this exercise


I don't understand why "plait" without the accent is considered correct as an answer. My experience with duolingo is that when I neglect the accent, I am marked wrong. Is "plait" alone correct? This kind of inconsistency annoys the hell out of me.


If you have a few mistakes with accents its fine, and duolingo will show you, but if you have many then it will be marked as completely wrong


I've always learned this as "s'il vous plaît." I know the different uses of vous and tu, but even in the acronym "R.S.V.P" it's vous, and those aren't necessarily formal.


In the translation they are showing S'il te plaît and plaît, both are same. I have written plaît they are telling it is wrong. Answer Mr. Dulingo.


thanks for the answers!


how do you remember how to spell plait correctly.


you can't have the same practice lesson gives two contradictory answers which exclude the previously correct answers, it's setting people up to fail.

"Please" is one time correctly answered by S'il te plaît. and another time by S'il te plaît.

and each time it's not accepting the other translation.


Do you like this game


I typed it in exactly as above more than once and it said it was incorrect.


Tu or vous? Why not tu for 'please'..?


Sil vous plaiz and it right why?


Both S'il vous plaît and S'il te plaît mean please?


I have not been taught te versus vous. S'il vous plâit is there same to me as S'il te plâit. Vous was not an option.


S'il vous plaît !, S'il te plaît ! \


I hate this one!!!


I swear to god my answer looks IDENTICAL to the correct solution, but it won't accept it.


Honey I don't know how to spell this


i spelled it wrong so what!!!!!!!!!~


But why are pronuciations so Diffiucult? Cant be simple? What is the Exact for Please? Why its giving Error so many times?


These many words for "please"


What does it mean "S'il"? Thanks


A very complicated "Please"!!


it is seive my plate!not seive vu plait or whatever (❤❤❤❤ doulingo it sucks ❤❤❤❤❤ ass)


Why s'il et plait and not s'il vous plait? Does the subject change here;Please tell me


I know what it is, but i cant spell it :(


It literally means: "If it pleases you"


of course it's s'il vous plait, but there was no "vous" in the choices!


Why is it not s'il vous plaît ?


So it will take "S'il te plait!"? For those "tu" people...


I tought it was «s´il vous plait» not «s´il te plait» What is the difference?!


It didn't give me a "Vous" option!


there’s no “vous” when I try to select?!


Won't give me the correct option to choose from?


How about adding "vous" as an option in the choices...…...


vous isn't in the choice of words!


You did not have "vous" in the word selections


The screen did not include the word vous in the set of words that could be included, so how can it be wrong? I have a screen photo i can share to prove this....


Can I have a native French speaker as a pen pal please?


How am I supposed to translate please into either translation without being told the context? I got marked wrong for doing the informal for please


This doesn't really help my learning


What's the difference of: s'il vous plaît and s'il tou plaît?


What's the difference between: s'il vous plaît and s'il tou plaît?


Why cant please be S'il tu plait?


Is not plâit instead of plaît?


Why is there an apostrophe after S in s'il?


I think 'Please' will have to be the only single with some useless long combination for it French word. What the hell is "S 'il vous plait"


What's the difference between s'il vous plait and s'il te plait??


Why can't I use "Plaire" if its given in the translations?


I got that as an "choose all correct answers from three options" question. One of the options was "S'il te plait !" (without the thingie above the "i"). The options I thought to be correct were the same with "^" on the i and the "vous" version. Apparently all versions are considered correct. Is is really optional how to spell "plait"? I remember that when I typed it that way previously duo accepted it with the remark "pay attention to..."


I answered the exact same question just above this post. Basically, it's because of the 1990 reform of French orthography. If you want something more detailed, just read the post above.


Thanks, didn't spot that other post. Then I still wonder why it is only marked as "almost correct" when you spell it without the circumflex...


Well, I think it's the same when you use the contracted forms for verbs. I didn't notice if they did it for the French/English course but they do for the Italian/English one for instance. Maybe it's just to show you the different ways to write it or something.


I thought they wanted you to add the ^ to everything. There was only one answer with the ^ so that is what i chose


Why does s’il te plait is also correct? (Not s’il te plaît, it’s accepted without an accent.)


The computer knows what you mean when you say plait and you get it correct, but reminds you to pay attention to the accents and say plait.


Why are 'plait' and 'plaît' both accepted answers?


Take the "remember the circumflex" reminder out of all other exercises!!! Inconsistency makes it hard to learn things.


Duo has been incorreting me a lot now i understand every time my singnal is blocked it cant get the memory to get correct some how LG phone is horrable with singnal (yes i know i dont get it to but just a little)


French is essentially my first language and this is the first time in my life I've had to spell out "S'il vous plait". We almost always abbreviate it here, "s.v.p".


Why is Please two words?


the vous was not there how are you supposed to get it right


I think that "Je t'en prie" should be equivalent to "S'il vous plaît". Is there a difference?


Does the hyphen really matters in this word? S'il-vous-plaît or s'il vous plaît?


I put "s'il vous plait!" and it marked my answer wrong. The correct solution was "S'il vous plait !" The only difference was the space between the last 't' and the exclamation point. Does this matter when typing in French?


Such a long word to spell imagine a 6 year old learning to spell that in french


Why are three words needed to say please in French? What is the literal translation of the three words?

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