Skip to Content

S’il vous plaît – Please

S’il vous plaît – Please

In French, the two most common ways to say please are: s’il vous plaît (pronounced s-il vu plɛ or “seel voo play”) and s’il te plaît (pronounced s-il tə plɛ or “seel tuh play”). This article will explore many more ways of how to say please in French. Listen to the audio and repeat!

s’il vous plaît

please – plural and formal

s’il te plaît

please – informal

S'il vous plaît - learn 16 ways to say "please" in French

S’il vous plaît – Please In French

S’il vous plaît and s’il te plaît pronunciation

The pronunciation of s’il vous plaît (formal and plural please) is “seel voo play”. The pronunciation of s’il te plaît is “seel tuh play”. This video by Julien Miquel also shows how to pronounce s’il vous plaît.

What is the literal translation of s’il vous plaît?

In French, “s’il vous plaît” comes from the verbplaire, which means to please. The literal translation of “s’il vous plaît” is “If it please to you”.

The difference between the “vous” and “te” in “s’il vous plaît” and “s’il te plaît” is that “vous” is formal and “te” is informal for “to you”. This page on our site examines tu vs. vous.

What are some different ways to say please in French?

In addition to s’il vous plaît, here are several other ways to say please in French.


Veuillez is the imperative (command) of the verb vouloir (to want) in the second-person plural (vous) form. In formal language, veuillez is followed by an infinitive (“to” form of the verb, e.g., “parler” to speak) to mean please.

Veuillez is often seen on signs. For example:

Veuillez attendre ici.

Please wait here.

Merci de

Merci de is an another formal way of saying please when giving a polite command. The grammatical structure is: Merci de + infinitive. For example, on websites or surveys you may see:

Merci de commenter.

Please comment.


Prière is a polite way to say please. The grammatical construction is: “Prière de + infinitive”. For example, on a sign you may see:

Prière de fermer la porte.

Please close the door.

En français, s'il vous plait! In French, please!

Je vous en prie

“Je vous en prie” translates literally to “I beg of thee”. It can be followed by “de” plus infinitive to mean please in formal letter writing. For example:

Je vous prie de trouver ci-joint.

Please see attached.

Vous êtes priés

“Vous êtes priés” is another formal way to say please which translates literally to “You are begged to”. The grammatrical structure is: “Vous êtes priés de + infinitive”.

For example, in a hotel you may see a sign that says:

Vous êtes priés de fermer la porte avant de partir.

Please close the door before leaving.

Oh, c’est bon

“Oh, c’est bon” is an interjection that means “Please!” when expressing indignation. For example:

Oh, c’est bon! J’en ai assez de cette situation!

Please! I’ve had enough of this situation!

Other expressions which can be used for “Please!” in this context of indignation are “Ça suffit !”, which translates to “That’s enough!” and “Non mais arrête !”, which translates literally to “No but stop!”.

Ça suffit !

That’s enough!

Non mais arrête !


Oh, c'est bon! Oh please!

Voudriez-vous, pourriez vous

Voudriez-vous and pourriez-vous do not mean please per say, but are used with please to make polite requests.

“Voudriez-vous” translates to “would you” and is the second-person plural (vous) form of the verb vouloir (to want) in the conditional tense.

“Pourriez-vous” translates to “could you” and is the vous form of the verb pouvoir (can, able to) in the conditional tense.

Voudriez-vous and pourriez-vous are used to make polite requests. For example:

Voudriez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît?

Would you help me, please?

Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît.

Could you help me, please?

How do you say, “Yes, please”?

When being offered something, there are three main ways to say “yes, please!”. All three are equally acceptable and show a high level of respect.

For example, if asked “Voulez-vous un café?” (Would you like a coffee?), you can answer with:

Oui, volontiers!

Yes, please! (Liter translation: Yes, gladly!)

Oui, avec plaisir!

Yes, please! (Literal translation: Yes, with pleasure!)

Oui, merci!

Yes, please! (Literal translation: Yes, thank you!)

Is there a way to say “pretty please”?

In English, the expression “pretty please” is used to beg or cajole. The full English expression is: “Pretty please with sugar on top”.

French does have a version of “pretty please”. The informal “s’il te plaît” is shortened to “s’te plaît”. The “il” is omitted to make a kind of cutesy language. In the audio below the formal vous form is used as some kinds may use vous with their parents.

Papa, est-ce que je peux avoir une glace? S’il vous plaît, s’il vous plaît!

Daddy, can I have an ice cream? Pretty please?

S'te plaît! Pretty please!

What are some useful phrases containing please in French?

The following is a list of French phrases with English translations containing the word please.

  • Un moment s’il vous plaît. One moment, please.
  • Un instant, s’il vous plaît. One moment please.
  • Aidez-moi, s’il vous plaît! Help me please!
  • S’il vous plaît, taisez-vous! Please be quiet!
  • Répétez, s’il vous plaît. Repeat please (formal or plural).
  • Répète s’il te plaît. Repeat please (singular, informal).
  • De l’eau, s’il vous plaît. Some water, please.
  • Encore, s’il vous plaît. More, please.
  • Encore un/une (depending on gender of item) s’il vous plaît., One more, please.
  • Bon appétit! Please enjoy! (for meal)
  • Un café, s’il vous plaît. A coffee, please.
  • Un croissant, s’il vous plaît. A croissant, please.
  • Une bière, s’il vous plaît. A beer, please.
  • Entrez, s’il vous plaît. Please enter.
  • Asseyez-vous, s’il vous plaît. Please sit.
  • L’addition, s’il vous plaît. The bill, please.

Please in French – summary table

We hope that this page has helped you to discover more ways of saying please in French than s’il vous plaît and s’il te plaît. Next you might be interested in checking out our lesson on French greetings!

S'il vous plaîtplease Formal and plural. Use with people you don't know and groups of people.
S'il te plaîtplease Informal and singular. Use with close acquaintances and younger people.
Veuillez + infinitive, Prière + infinitive, Merci de + infinitive, Je vous en prie + infinitive, Vous êtes priés + infinitivepleaseAll formal ways of saying please, often used on signs and when writing letters.
Oh, c'est bon!Oh, please!Used to express indignation. "Ça suffit!" (That's enough) and "Non mais arrête!" (No but stop!" are synonyms.
Volontiers! Avec plaisir! Oui, merci!Yes please!All three are acceptable ways to say "Yes please" when being offered something.
S'te plaît!Pretty please!Expression for begging. Children's langauge.

Related lessons:

S'il vous plaît: Please for plural and formal; S'il te plaît: please for singular and informal.

Sharing is caring!

David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

See all posts by