"Let us treat you!"


November 19, 2017

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    Where is the "let" meaning coming from?

    我们请你吧! reads naturally as We will treat you! to me.

    Either the English sentence should not have let us, or the Mandarin Chinese sentence should be 我们请你吧!


    I think it's because 吧 indicates a suggestion, so although it doesn't directly translate, the English usage of "let us" softens the sentence in the same way as the Chinese addition of 吧 (both sort of seek agreement from the other party). I was definitely looking for 让 in the options too though, and a little nervous submitting the answer without it ;)


    English is not my first language, so I might be wrong, but isn't the "let's" equivalent to 吧 supposed to be inclusive. That is, the listener and the speaker should both be a part of the us. In this sentence we treat and you let. As far as I understand it, it is not the usage of "us" that means 吧, but the inclusiveness implied in "us". The possibility of wanting to do the same thing.


    Just as English "us" can be inclusive or exclusive, so can "let us". However "let's" is only inclusive. In this case it's clear from context that "let us" is exclusive.


    To me, 我们请你把 meant something like "how about we treat you?" since it's a suggestion

    either way, is 让我们请你 wrong?


    AFAIK, 吧 is used for polite suggestions. "We will treat you!" isn't a suggestion, that's why "let" is added in the translation. Just like 走吧 means "Let's go" and not "We go".

    I guess 让我们请你吧 would be correct too (or should 吧 be omitted im this case?) for a more literal translation from English to Chinese.


    the 吧 makes the statement a somewhat forceful suggestion, which I think is what they were going for with the "let us"


    The 吧 particle makes the phrase a gentle suggestion, similar to "let's" in English.


    What is this supposed to mean?


    The speaker(s) are inviting the listener to something that costs money, most likely a meal, and the speaker(s) are paying for the listener.


    I think this should be: Rang women duidai ni, 让 我们 对待你


    Should 我们请你们把 be accepted? The English is ambiguous about the number of people being treated.


    It might not have accepted it because you wrote 把 instead of 吧. I did the same thing

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