Analyzing simple sentence - the word "please"

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What is the role of "please" in the following sentence:

 

"Please sit at the front of the stage."

 

According to a grammar book, there is a transparent "You" as subject hidden at the begining of the sentence.  The word "sit" acts as a linking verb (LV).  May I ask then what is the role of "please" there?

asked Aug 05 '11 at 09:15 CF LOK New member

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ya i think so . you as a subject hidden at the begining. but we should put please at the begining of the sentense its seems good . and in this sentense please means you ..........

link comment answered Aug 05 '11 at 14:56 pujan New member
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The word "please" is used to be polite. 

 

Here, the verb "sit" is used in the imperative - it is a command: "Sit at the front of the stage".

 

Including the word "please" makes the request polite and shows courtesy to those being instructed.

link comment answered Aug 08 '11 at 11:00 Siân Harris Expert

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