s’il vous plaît
(SEEL voo PLAY = please)
To say “please” in French, we use the phrase s’il vous plaît. This polite expression literally means, “if it pleases you.” Perhaps you have received an invitation that contains the initials R.S.V.P. This is short for the French phrase répondez s’il vous plaît, which means “please respond.” The person giving the invitation wants to know if you will come or not. This little bit of French etiquette is used quite commonly in English.
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