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Kuckucksuhr December 4, 2009, 9:37 pm
May the word "bitte" be used at the start and /or at the conclusion of a sentence? i.e. In engish we might say: Please pass the butter or we might say: Pass the butter please. Danke
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Paul-Weber December 11, 2009, 12:44 am
Hi there,

You have a few options when it comes to "bitte" depending on how much emphasis you want to place on "bitte.
It is generally not used at the start of a sentence, unless you are slightly desperate or are using a command. It's usually used in the middle of the sentence.

Here are some examples:

Bitte helfen sie mir! - Please help me!
Bitte hör auf! - Please stop.

Geben Sie mir bitte die Butter? - Please pass me the butter?
Können Sie mir bitte die Butter geben? - Could you please pass me the butter?

I hope that helps.

Paul
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walleyenorth February 3, 2010, 3:27 am
Paul,
A follow on question. Most likely I would be asking for the butter from a family member or friend, would you simple replace Sie (formal) with du (informal) and change Geben to Gebst (not sure that is even a form of geben) or Konnen to konnst? Thanks.
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Paul-Weber February 3, 2010, 7:41 pm
Hi there,

you would simply say:

Gibst du mir bitte die Butter -or Please give me the butter
Kannst du mir bitte die Butter geben - Could you please give me the butter


Paul
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walleyenorth February 3, 2010, 11:37 pm
Dankeschon!
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