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"Be quiet" is a phrase which is often translated as "guarda silencio", and "please" is an interjection which is often translated as "por favor". Learn more about the difference between "be quiet" and "please" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (imperative; used to address one person)
a. guarda silencio
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Be quiet! The principal's coming.¡Guarda silencio! Viene el director.
b. guarde silencio
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Where's my popcorn? - Be quiet, Grandma. The show is about to start.¿Dónde están mis palomitas? - Guarde silencio, abuela. La función está a punto de empezar.
c. cállate
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Be quiet already! The movie is starting.¡Cállate ya! Está por empezar la película.
d. cállese
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Please be quiet, sir. If the rebels hear us, we're done for.Por favor, cállese, señor. Si los insurgentes nos escuchan, estamos perdidos.
2. (imperative; used to address multiple people)
a. guarden silencio (plural)
Children, be quiet. I will now pass out your exams.Niños, guarden silencio. Ya voy a repartir los exámenes.
b. cállense (plural)
If you keep yelling, Mom's going to get mad. Be quiet!Si siguen gritando, mi mamá se va a enojar. ¡Cállense!
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to hush)
a. guardar silencio
You need to be quiet in the library.Hay que guardar silencio en la biblioteca.
b. callarse
I wish the neighbors would be quiet so I could sleep.Ojalá los vecinos se callaran para que pudiera dormir.
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please(
pliz
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (polite expression)
a. por favor
Please, bring me a glass of water.Por favor, tráigame un vaso de agua.
2. (expression of annoyance)
a. por Dios
Could you just stop talking for a second, please!¡Por Dios! ¿Puedes dejar de hablar por un momento?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to prefer)
a. querer
The queen does what she pleases.La reina hace lo que quiera.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to satisfy)
a. complacer
You're constantly trying to please people. Don't you get tired of it?Siempre estás intentando complacer a la gente. ¿No te cansas?
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