Does 'bonvolu' and 'mi petas' mean the same thing sometime, all the time, or never?
there are somewhat similar in use, but still different. "bonvolu" comes from bona=good and volo=will so literally means "have good will" (used like "please"). "mi petas" means "I request", "I ask for" (in THIS example also used as "please").
Wow, I found another coincidence kun la hispanan.
Bonvolu= have good will= tenga la voluntad de...
It's a really strange way to say "please", quite common in movies, usually when they depict beggars or people in disgrace.
Would saying "mi petas" have an informal connotation? I would believe such would be the case, given the translations.
I've read the other answers given so far. I would say that semantically they are essentially 100% synonymous. They mean exactly the same thing. The difference is how they work in a sentence grammatically.
- Helpu min, mi petas = Bonvolu helpi min = Help me please.
Does "I need help, I'm asking" not make sense here? petas means 'to ask'.. and please has been taught as bonvolu, so just curious if the please part is a more accurate translation as opposed to a more accurate way to think about the words?
From what I can gather (from the course), "Bonvolu" usually begins sentences and "mi petas" ends them, but I can't give you a definite answer on that.
I think (based on the course) that mi petas is also used as a sort of please of emphasis (like adding "I'm begging you!" at the end of a sentence), while bonvolu is used mostly as a please of politeness.
On the contrary, bonvolu and mi petas both mean the same thing = "I intend this as a polite request".
'Helpi' is the infinitive, saying "Mi bezonas helpi" would mean "I need to help" rather than "I need help".
Yep, and even more importantly, when one asks for "helpon", one is asking for "a thing". Grammatically, things are kinds of nouns, and only nouns end in -o or -on. Think of the difference between "Vi volas HELPI min" and "Vi volas doni HELPON al mi".
peti means "request" not "beg". In this context, "mi petas" means "please."
The voice for this one is pretty dramatic. That's the kind of thing to stick in your memory