s'il vous plaît

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Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle French s'il vous plaist; combination of si (if) + il (it) + vous (you [dative]) + plaît (pleases); literally “if it pleases you”. Compare Catalan si us plau.


  • IPA(key): /s‿il vu plɛ/, (contracted) /sju.plɛ/
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s’il vous plaît

  1. (formal) please, if you please
    Pourriez-vous me donner du pain, s'il vous plaît ?
    Could you pass me the bread, please?
  2. (Belgium, formal) you're welcome

Usage notes[edit]

  • S’il vous plaît is used to address someone formally (being polite or speaking with elders), using vous, or to address more than one person; when using the phrase informally (with friends and family), one would use tu, hence s’il te plaît.


  • Dutch: alstublieft (calque)
  • English: silver plate