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"Yes, please."

Translation:Ja, alstublieft.

July 18, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/baloosnafoo

Can someone explain me the difference between alsjeblieft and alstublieft?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ccf63

Alsjeblieft is informal. It has "je" in it.

Alstublieft is formal. It has "u" in it.

Edit: You can think of it as "if you like" or "if it pleases you". It combines three words. Als = if, je = you, and believen = to please"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClassiDuo

Is one of them more common than the other in contemporary use? Or, are they both actively used, but with a formality difference?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ccf63

I am not a native speaker, or even A1 according to testing, but from what I can tell, it's all formality. Same with using "du" and "Sie" in German.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben774222

Or "tu" and "vous" in French

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