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

"S'il vous plaît"

December 31, 2012

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

That's a long way to say ''please''


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

.....it seems to be ok to say 'merci', as in ordering a coffee.....un cafe, merci


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

Generally, you use "merci" when you have been delivered your coffee. Th English also has a "long" way: "if you please", but the French haven't managed to shorten their "s'il vous plaît", except in oral ; you can hear "si-oo-plè" and for "s'il te plaît" : "s-te-plè".


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

Whats the diffrence between "s'il (te) plaît " and " s'il (vous) plaît "?


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

"te" is the object form of "tu" 2nd person singular and familiar (some one you know well). "vous" (similar form subject or object) is 2nd person plural (several persons you are talking to) or singular (one person you respect)


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

Short answer, you only use "s'il te plaît" with family and close friends.


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

Are "s'il vous plaît" and "veuillez" interchangeable? I have seen "veuillez [ne pas] faire qqch" on different labels. Is it OK to replace it with "S'il vous plaît, [ne pas] faire qqch"? Can "veuillez" be used only as an polite imperative with an infinitive verb?


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

"Veuillez ne pas faire cela" being imperative, it is slightly less kind than "s'il vous plaît, ne faites pas cela", but it is massively used in writing.

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