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"Bitte sagen Sie es mir."

Translation:Please tell me.

July 1, 2018



why is 'es ' needed here?


sagen in German requires a direct object if the indirect object (receiver of what is being said; here: mir) is given, and es functions as a placeholder for such content.

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    Vielen Dank!


    And why is "please tell me IT" not accepted? Reported.


    I would contend that ‘please tell me it’—disregarding the order of objects, which traditional grammar would rather render as ‘tell it to me’—is a rather odd phrasing for this sentence; it sounds very unidiomatic.


    It also didn't accept "Please tell me about it." I thought that phrasing would be more accurate... I guess an algorithm can only be so good. At least we all know what it means. That's the important thing... however annoying to get it wrong :)


    ‘Tell me about it’ sounds… different, somehow. It sounds like you're asking for information about something, but that's not quite the original meaning of the sentence. The ‘es’ in the sentence is not the topic, it's the very thing you want to be told: the answer, the reason, the name, the information. I don't think I did a very good job of explaining it, but I don't know that I can do better.


    How about "Please tell it to me." I didn't try it, but I was thinking that it might be acceptable.


    Why isn't "Please tell me it" accepted?


    Why is "Sie" there? To me this looks like "please, are you telling it to me?" Which admittedly sounds a bit strange


    how else could u order the words in the german sentence? and what order is more common?


    you can understand it like " please say it to me!"


    Would it be right in thinking that essentially it should be viewed in context as if you're talking to a group of people and so you would be asking "You all, please tell it to me" but obviously in English I think we would use just the imperative with the assumption it is being applied to everyone who you are speaking to? If that makes sense


    tell me please wrong? Why


    Is "Bitte" taking the first position here instead of the zeroth position, thereby pushing "Sie" to the third position ?

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