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"Could you help me" is a phrase which is often translated as "podrías ayudarme", and "please" is an interjection which is often translated as "por favor". Learn more about the difference between "could you help me" and "please" below.
could you help me
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to address one person)
a. podrías ayudarme
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)
¿Could you help me translate this paragraph?¿Podrías ayudarme a traducir este párrafo?
b. podría ayudarme
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Excuse me, sir. Could you help me cross the street?Disculpe, señor. ¿Podría ayudarme a cruzar la calle?
2. (used to address multiple people)
a. podrían ayudarme (plural)
Kids, could you help me clean the house?Niños, ¿podrían ayudarme a limpiar la casa?
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please(
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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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