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Offline Linguist-wannabe

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"Please" as a verb
« on: December 16, 2015, 08:16:11 AM »
Hello everyone!
I've got a question. Exactly:
Can we use "please" as a verb? For example, I want to say, that he or she pleased for that. Is it allowed and correct in English? Thank You for all the answers,
regards!  :D

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Re: "Please" as a verb
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 09:53:34 AM »
No.

However, historically it was a verb, and could be used like "please to help me" as a command, or "if you please" (which is still possible today, but very formal) as in French s'il vous plaƮt.

Today, it's only used as a politeness marker in commands: "please [verb]", as in "Please help!", etc.

There is also a verb "please", meaning "to make someone enjoy something". That participle/adjective "pleased" is often used to describe what you are asking: "He or she was pleased by that". So yes, in a sense you can use it as a verb like that, but a little differently.

Also, the inverse of "the book pleases me" (which is a little unusual to say, though possible) would be "I enjoy the book" (or more casually just "I like the book").

The best way to say your sentence is probably "He or she enjoyed that".
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Re: "Please" as a verb
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 10:44:35 AM »
Thank You, this is exactly what I had on my mind.
Best regards!