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Can you correct please?
You ask someone for directions
They asked me £ 10 for that scrap of metal
The ask a lot of money for that new house
NOT A TEACHER
They asked me £ 10 for that scrap of metal.
Why is this ambiguous? I understand this statement means "They wanted me to pay 10 pounds for that scrap of metal." Can it really mean something like "They offered me 10 pounds for that scrap of metal."?
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.
It's confused because "asked" isn't used in that way. Either they "offered" you 10 pounds for the metal (they were buying) or they "were asking" 10 pounds (they were selling). You can't say they "asked me" in this context.
Is it correct to say They asked me to pay £10 for that scrap of metal?
You can, but it means something a bit different- they were making a request more than giving a price in your version IMO.
This seems to contradict the general rule whereby you ask for something in order to have it, and ask something in order to know it.
Last edited by licinio; 26-Feb-2012 at 16:24.
It is not an exception to any rule.
If you request something, you ask for it.
If you state the price your wish to receive for something, you ask that price.