Nothing is easy in French. Not even the word for please!
For starters, there are two ways to say it. One way for addressing strangers and elders:
and another for family and friends:
Did you notice anything? No hyphen. And a hat shape accent – called circonflexe - on the i.
But, you may wonder, why is it “te” and not “tu“, and why so many words just for a simple “Please“? Let’s take another look:
What happens is that the te means to you, and not you subject. Nobody thinks of it in terms of separate words, but as a one single expression.
You use S’il te plaît /seal tuh play/ with family, friends, co-workers sometimes, anyone you would say tu to:
You use S’il vous plaît /seal voo play/ with strangers, customers, superiors, elders, anyone you normally use vous with, as well as when speaking to more than one person.
… and when you get what you were asking for, don’t forget to say…
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