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06 / 09 / 2005

ASK vs. ASK FOR: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we are going to learn the difference between the verbs ask and ask for. As you will see, the verb particle for changes the meaning of the verb ask. ASK It means: to speak or write to someone to get information; to ask someone a question about something Example 1: Jill: Can I ask you a question about tomorrow's meeting? Scott: Sure. What do you want to know? Example 2: I need to ask Mr. Cross something. Is he in his office? Example 3: She asked me if I was going to attend the meeting. ASK FOR It means: to speak or write to someone because you want them to give you something; to ask someone for something Example 4: The little boy asked his mother for a biscuit. Example 5: We wrote to the airline company to ask for a refund (devolución). In fact, in Examples 1-3 the people in the dialogues also want something; they want information. That is the difference between ask and ask for. Ask means specifically to ask for information. Do you know the translation of these two verbs into Spanish? The answer is after my signature. If the difference is not clear, please don't hesitate to contact me to ask me for help or ask a question! Have a great day!


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