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    #1

    ask (for) directions

    "I think we are lost."

    1. "Let's ask directions at the convenience store."
    2. "Let's ask for directions at convenience store."

    I think both 1 and 2 correct, but are there any differences between them?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: ask (for) directions

    Number two is incorrect, but only a single letter is needed to perfect it.

    "Let's ask for directions at a convenience store."

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    #3

    Re: ask (for) directions

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Number two is incorrect, but only a single letter is needed to perfect it.

    "Let's ask for directions at a convenience store."
    Thank you for pointing out the typo.
    But what's the difference between "ask directions" and "ask for directions" in this case?

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    #4

    Re: ask (for) directions

    None

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    #5

    Re: ask (for) directions

    As an NES but not a teacher, I see no real difference between the two.

    See:
    ask for - definition of ask for by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    and
    ask - definition of ask by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Regards
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    PS 5jj beat me to it!

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    #6

    Re: ask (for) directions

    I see. Thank you.

    Would the meaning change if I say "the direction" (without "s") instead of "directions"?
    I understand that "directions" (plural) means "instructions about how to get from one place to another", but if I omit the "s", would it mean just the direction, like north or south?

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    #7

    Re: ask (for) directions

    As an NES but not a teacher, your understanding is correct.

    Regards
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    #8

    Re: ask (for) directions

    "Ask directions" is unnatural to me.

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    #9

    Re: ask (for) directions

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Ask directions" is unnatural to me.
    See post #4.

    It might be a BrE/AME difference.

    Regards
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