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hoamanda_500464
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Politeness Level

Postby hoamanda_500464 » August 5th, 2016 5:19 pm

Politeness levels are confusing. How do we know when to use which for different situations?

For a common situation in a restaurant for example, how do I say "Can I have some wasabi?"

わさびください?
わさびを持ってきてください?
わさびをもらえませんか?
わさびを持ってきてもらえませんか?
わさびお願いします
わさびをもってきてお願いします

community.japanese
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Re: Politeness Level

Postby community.japanese » August 13th, 2016 5:50 am

さん、

Konnichiwa.
Well…firstly you need to distinguish statements from questions.
わさびをください。Statement
わさびを持ってきてください。Statement this sentence is grammatically correct however, you don’t need to use 持ってくる at restaurants.
わさびをもらえませんか。 Question
わさびを持ってきてもらえませんか。Question
わさびをお願いします。Statement
わさびをもってきてお願いします。Incorrect sentence
Secondly, we have a rule which is the longer the politer.
Following the rule, please use four sentences below.
High politenessわさびをいただけませんか。
わさびをお願いします。
わさびをもらえませんか。
Law politenessわさびをください。

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