The verb "peti" itself means to ask for, or to request something. So "mi petas helpon" means "I ask for help" or "I request help." Or, also "I am asking for help" or "I am requesting help."
Hope that makes more sense of it.
"Mi petas" needs to be separated from the main sentence to be used as "please":
- Helpu min, mi petas!
- Bonvolu helpi min!
Here it's the main verb of the sentence - "peti", to ask.
hmm ok so the first thing that did was "I please help" when was it said to ignore the mi in this? is this like a "da" for a object word? if so in what case this rule for
You don't ignore the "mi". Petas means "ask(s) for", not please. Mi petas helpon = I ask for help.