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May I help you? (formal)

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by DareRyan, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. DareRyan Senior Member

    Long Island, NY
    United States - English
    This may seem a stupid question, but as a student of Italian, the usted form often eludes me. How would one say, "May I help you" My instict is to use "¿Puedo ayudar(lo/la) ?" or would one use the reflexive 'se'?
  2. lazarus1907 Senior Member

    Lincoln, England
    Spanish, Spain
    There is no need to use the reflexive pronoun here. It is right as it is.
  3. Joey. Senior Member

    Long Island, NY
    English / New York, U.S.A.
    No es "Puedo ayudarte?"

    Y Hola DareRyan, vivo en Long Island tambien:).
  4. diegodbs

    diegodbs Senior Member

    May I help you? = ¿puedo ayudarte (a ti), puedo ayudarle (a usted), puedo ayudaros (a vosotros), puedo ayudarles (a ustedes)?
  5. jivemu Senior Member

    Spain / Spanish
    Sí, en ambiente informal. Pero DareRyan ha preguntado por el uso formal (de usted).

    ¿Puedo ayudarte (informal) /le/lo/la (formal)?
  6. Joey. Senior Member

    Long Island, NY
    English / New York, U.S.A.
    Bueno, gracias.

    No sabia que su puede usar "lo" y "la" aca tambien. Que chevere!-Je

  7. mhp Senior Member

    American English
    Most people use le/les rather than the correct form lo(s)/la(s)

    From DPD: leísmo 4g

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