Although this is the German word for “please,” it is actually rooted from the infinitive verb meaning “to ask for,” “to request,” “to beg,” and “to intercede.”

It literally means “I beg” or “I request,” since it uses the first person indicative conjugation. It does make sense what the word “please” would actually mean in German but also in English.


  • Strutz, Henry. “501 German Verbs.” 3rd Edition. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. 1998.

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