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    Does this "what you ask for I was born" mean "what you ask for(request). I was born..." or "what you ask, for(because) I was born..."? The usage of "for" is confusing.

    ex) King Louis had been taken from his throne and imprisoned. His young son, the prince, was taken by those sho dethroned the king. They thought that inasmuch as the king’s son was heir to the throne, if they could destroy him morally, he would never realize the great and grand destiny that life had bestowed upon him. Finally ager intensive temptation, they questioned him. Why had he not submitted himself to these things-why had he not partaken?
    These things would provided pleasure, satisfy his lusts, and were desirable; they were all his.
    The boy said“ I cannot do what you ask for I was born to be a king”
    Prince Louis held that paradigm of himself so tightly that nothing could shake him.

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    Default Re: what you ask for I was born

    Would a comma after "ask" resolve your doubt?
    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: what you ask for I was born

    No. I can not do what you ask. For I was born to be a king. Because I was born to be a king, I can not do what you ask.

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    Default Re: what you ask for I was born

    Doesn't it have to be "I can't do what you ask for, for I was born.."?
    "ask" alone seems to mean "ask a question" not "requesting something", what do you think?

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    Default Re: what you ask for I was born

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Doesn't it have to be "I can't do what you ask for, for I was born.."?
    "ask" alone seems to mean "ask a question" not "requesting something", what do you think?
    No, "for" would be wrong.

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    No. "I can't do what you ask" means that I can't fulfill your request.

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    Can "I can't do what you ask for" never make sense? Maybe only "What you asked me for is hard to do" make sense.

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    Default Re: what you ask for I was born

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can "I can't do what you ask for" never make sense? Maybe only "What you asked me for is hard to do" make sense.
    "I don't have what you asked (me) for."

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    Default Re: what you ask for I was born

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can "I can't do what you ask for" Nonever make sense? Maybe only "What you asked me for is hard to do" make senseNo it doesn't.
    You ask for a thing. You would be understood if you said your sentence, but it sounds unnatural.

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