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I'm having some trouble parsing this sentence:

ピーターのことを、どうかよろしくお願いします

The translation by my interpretation is something along the lines of "As to Peter I will leave it in your hands" (i.e. I will let you take care of Peter). However I am confused at what the precise role of どうか is in this sentence.

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    どうかusually translates as "please". – Eddie Kal Mar 11 at 17:33
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Semantically there's no difference between with and without どうか in your phrase. As @Eddie Kal correctly points out in the comment, どうか just makes it more polite.

Examples:

  • どうか助けてください。
  • どうか行かないでください。

Do not mix it up with どうかする, which means something like "to become crazy".

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