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N4 Lesson 7: 12/18

お~ください

Please do (Honorific)

お気をつけください is quite commonly used and accepted. This comes from treating 気をつける as one expression.

Structure

+ Verb[ます+ ください

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About お~ください

お~ください is an honorific language expression in Japanese which is used in a similar way to なさい. It is the imperative form of くださる, which itself is the honorific language equivalent of くれる. In this way, it conveys 'please do (A) for me'.
  • こちらサービス使(つか)インターネット申込(もうしこ)ください
    To use this service, please register via the internet.
  • こちらスリッパ使(つか)ください
    Please use these slippers over here.
お~ください is more polite than なさい, and may be used when making requests to almost anybody, regardless of if they are higher, or lower status than you).
  • (うし)(とびら)()ください
    Please close the door behind you.
  • どうぞ、こちら()ください
    Go ahead, please sit right here.
Caution
ご~ください will only be used as part of the humble speech expression, ご~する (or お〜する). In these cases, it becomes ご~してください.

Examples

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    (すこ)()ちください

    Please wait just a minute.

    どうぞ()()がりください

    Please go ahead and eat.

    しばらく(やす)みください

    Please take a short break.

    どうぞ、()けください

    Please, have a seat.

    明日(あした)までに支払(しはら)いください

    Please complete the payment by tomorrow.

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お~ください – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (14 in total)

  • bokudake

    bokudake

    Please complete the payment by tomorrow.
    明日()までにお支払いください。(()()う)

    Doesn’t this example rather translate to please pay by tomorrow? Does お支払う mean to complete payment?
    I tried answering with おしはらいおわりください (お支払い終わりください); is this bad Japanese?

  • Fuga

    Fuga

    Hey there @bokudake !

    お支払い is a noun that means, ‘payment’. So a more direct translation for this would be, ‘Please do a payment by tomorrow’, but because that sounds ‘too unnatural’, we have used the word ‘complete’ in the English translation.

    お支払い終わりください sounds a little unnatural, but not only that, it willchange the nuance of the sentence slightly . Since おわる means to ‘finish’ it will give the nuance that this payment has been going on for a while (like a loan). This is similar to how ‘making a payment’ and ‘finished a payment’ sound similar, but have a slight difference in nuance.

    I hope this clears it up!

  • bokudake

    bokudake

    Thanks for the explanation!

    お支払い is a noun that means, ‘payment’.

    I understand you take the verb 支払う (to pay) here and turn it into the masu-form 支払い, and add the honorofic prefix お like you do with any other verb in this grammatical structure (e.g. お使()い, お()め, …), which turns it into a noun.

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