Today I am going to share the Q&A quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
What is the difference between 「ください」 and 「下さい」?
I have seen both forms written in Japanese media.
Is one form more formal than the other? Or are they both interchangeable?
The two are slightly different, but actually, even many native speakers don’t mind.
ください is used as a support verb
＝食べてください “Please eat” “Eat”
＝飲んでください “Please drink” “Drink”
下さい is not appropriate when it is used as a support verb.
下さい is used as a verb, “give it to me”
＝みずを下さい “Give me water”
＝てがみを下さい “Send me a letter”
As a verb, we can use ください instead.
Some native speakers use 下さい as a support verb in social media and non-news TV programs, etc.
But people don’t mind because they know what it means. (Which is a mistake though.)
If you write everything in hiragana, it is not incorrect.
I hope my answer helps you.😊
In the JLPT course, you can ask me any questions as much as you want.
I will teach you until you get it!
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