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  • Hi there, what's difference between "Ask", "ask for", "ask about" and "request" in the following sentences?


1- Hey John, I am not sure but I think we are somewhere in the middle of our destination . Let's stop and request/ask/ask for/ask about directions.

2- I ask Peter about/for his age.

3- I request Peter his age.
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@subhajit123 posted:
  • Hi there, what's difference between "Ask", "ask for", "ask about" and "request" in the following sentences?


1- Hey John, I am not sure but I think we are somewhere in the middle of our destination . Let's stop and request/ask/ask for/ask about directions.

2- I ask Peter about/for his age.

3-I request Peter his age.

Hi, Subhajit—Sentence (3) is totally ungrammatical, (1) is natural only with "ask for" ("ask about directions" doesn't work), and (2) would be better without "about" or "for." You can simply say:

2a-I ask(ed) Peter his age.

That sentence has the double-object construction, which you tried to use, unsuccessfully, in (3). The double-object construction works with "ask" but not with "request." Another natural way of phrasing things here is to use:

4-I asked Peter how old he was.

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