What nuance would be given by this pattern, example:


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It sounds like pleading in a theatrical and archaic way. The same line is found in a historical play set in ancient China, published in 1925.



Even as a theatrical phrase, the construction may be getting obsolete. お_なされ and お_くだされ are pretty much alive in the role language for historical play, though.


It sounds like someone is intentionally making a funny sentence by playing around with keigo. If you used it in a business setting, the listener would either laugh it off as a joke or feel offended.

  • 助ける is closer to "rescue" rather than "lend a hand". It depends on the context, but unless you're really in danger (of losing your job, etc), the appropriate verb is 手伝う, 力を貸す, 助力する, etc.
  • You are stacking honorific expressions too much, and くださりませ sounds like a samurai.

I have to point out that くださる conjugates to くださいます, not くださります. All those honorific verbs are like that ござる, なさる, etc. So it's wrong in that sense anyway.

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    it's wrong -- でも青空文庫で検索すると、「くださります」19件「くださりませ」66件 ありますけど?
    – chocolate
    Jan 17, 2023 at 14:41
  • Hmm, that's interesting. I don't know what the age or register of those examples is, but surely that's not modern, colloquial Japanese? お約束してくださりまするか, for example? I can find 'holp' as the past participle of 'to help' in Shakespeare, but I don't tell people learning English that it's the correct form today. Is there any textbook on modern, colloquial Japanese that lists くださります as a valid option here? That would be interesting to see. Jan 17, 2023 at 19:10
  • As Japanese, くださります is more understandable and more current than English holp. Plus, the questioner already used this form, which is valid (albeit archaic) Japanese, and is asking for details about the nuance and how it comes across. Just saying "it's wrong", when it clearly isn't, does not a helpful post make. 😄 Jan 17, 2023 at 23:54
  • Granted, I was at fault. I was unfamiliar with it. Jan 18, 2023 at 9:32

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