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    #1

    Request and Ask.

    Hello everyone,

    First, Ask and request have the same meaning, but request is more formal and more polite.

    Does these sentences sound natural?

    I ask my father to give me his car today. I asked my father for the car.
    I requested the car from my father. We requested old books form potential donors.

    I just cannot use my vocabulary very well. Would anyone tell me the best way to tackle this problem?
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Request and Ask.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    First, Ask and request have the same meaning, but request is more formal and more polite.

    Does these sentences sound natural?

    I ask my father to give lend me [or 'let me have'] his car today. I asked my father for the car.
    I requested the car from my father. We requested old books form potential donors. ...
    It's strange - 'let me have his car' doesn't sound permanent, but 'give me his car' does. 'I requested the car from my father' sounds odd to me, but with a very aloof father it might be used (to suggest the formality of the arrangement).

    b

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    Re: Request and Ask.

    "Request" and "ask for" have the same meaning. I would not say that "request" and "ask" have the same meaning.

    I requested a piece of paper.
    I asked for a piece of paper.
    I asked a piece of paper.


    I asked my father a question.
    I asked a question of my father. (though a little uncommon)
    I requested a question of my father.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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