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Por vs. Para 
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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
Give me food, please.Dame comida, por favor.
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.).
intransitive verb
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.).
transitive verb
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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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. por favor
please don't cryno llores, por favor
please tell me…dime…
may I? — please do¿puedo? — por favor or no faltaba más
please sit downtome asiento, por favor
please don't interrupt!¡no interrumpas!
yes, please!¡sí!
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (give pleasure to)
a. complacer, agradar
you can't please everybodyno se puede complacer a todo el mundo
please yourself!¡como quieras!
to be easy/hard to pleaseser fácil/difícil de complacer
please God!¡ojalá!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (like)
he does as he pleaseshace lo que quiere
this way, if you pleasepor aquí, por favor
and then, if you please, he blamed me for it!¡y luego, por si fuera poco, me echó la culpa a mí!
4. (give pleasure)
a. agradar, complacer
to be eager to pleaseestar ansioso(a) por agradar
please [pliːz]
please! ¡por favor!; (as protest) ¡por Dios!; (yes,) please sí, gracias; can you pass the salt, please me pasas la sal, por favor; please don't cry! ¡no llores, (te lo pido) por favor!; please don't interfere, Boris haz el favor de no meterte, Boris; no te metas, Boris, por favor; please be seated (said by interviewer, doctor etc) siéntese; (said over intercom, in plane, theatre etc) les rogamos tomen asiento; please accept this book le ruego acepte este libro; oh, please! not that song again! ¡oh no! ¡esa canción otra vez no por favor!; "may I?" — "please do" —¿puedo? —¡por supuesto! or —¡cómo no!
please do not smoke se ruega no fumar
the bill, please
intransitive verb
1 (like, prefer) querer
he does whatever he pleases hace lo que quiere or lo que le place; she can live where she pleases puede vivir donde quiera or donde le plazca
if he (so) pleases, he can cancel the concessions
as you please como quieras
to [do] [as] one pleases
do as you please haz lo que quieras; haz lo que te dé la gana (informal); she came over casually as you please and picked up my diary se acercó con toda la tranquilidad del mundo y cogió mi agenda
gentlemen, if you please! señores, por favor; señores, si son tan amables
[if] you please
he wanted ten, if you please! quería llevarse diez, ¡a quién se le ocurre!; quería llevarse diez, ¡qué cara! (informal); we'll have none of that language if you please! ¡mucho cuidadito con usar ese lenguaje!
2 (cause satisfaction)
we aim to please nuestro objetivo es complacer
to be anxious or eager to please tener muchas ansias de quedar bien
a gift that is sure to please un regalo que siempre gusta; un regalo que de seguro gustará
transitive verb
1 (give pleasure to) agradar; complacer; (satisfy) complacer
I did it just to please you lo hice únicamente para agradarte or complacerte; you can't please all of the people all of the time no se puede complacer a todo el mundo todo el tiempo
music that pleases the ear una música grata al oído
he would do anything to please me Susan had spent much of her life trying to please others This prospect didn't please me she married him to please her parents
she is easily pleased se contenta con cualquier cosa
he is hard to please es difícil de contentar or complacer
there's no pleasing him no hay manera de contentarlo
to please [o.s.]
please yourself! ¡haz lo que quieras!; ¡haz lo que te dé la gana! (informal)
he has always pleased himself about holidays I please myself what I eat
2 (be the will of)
he will recover, please [God]!
may it please Your Majesty sea esta la voluntad de su Majestad
she just took it without so much as a please or a thank you lo cogió sin ni siquiera dignarse a pedirlo por favor ni a dar las gracias
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