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    Default ask for sb to do / ask sb to do

    Could you tell me the difference between the following 2 phrasal verbs?

    1.ask for sb to do
    2.ask sb to do

    For example, on page 77 in "Practical English Usage 2nd Edition",
    you can see this sentence:

    "I asked for the children to have extra milk."

    I think this sentence has same meaning as

    "I asked the children to have extra milk."

    I assume that both sentences says,
    "I asked the children to drink every last drop of milk."
    What's the difference between them?

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    Default Re: ask for sb to do / ask sb to do

    There's a difference in meaning.

    I asked for the children to have extra milk- In this case, the speaker did not ask the children. The speaker asked someone else to arrange or make sure that the children got extra milk.

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    Default Re: ask for sb to do / ask sb to do

    Also, your association between "extra" and "every last drop" is not sound.

    Extra just means "more than they usually have."

    If they usually have one cup and today they had two, but left a little bit in the bottom of their glasses, they still followed your command.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: ask for sb to do / ask sb to do

    Now it all makes sense to me.
    Thank you very much.

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