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    ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    Hi,

    I've learned for all my life that I should use to+infinitive form for the verb in the sub-sentence when the main verb is ask. But I found this following sentence today.

    Although the camp grounds will remain open, we ask that all visitors travel the grounds with caution.

    Isn't underlined travel supposed to be to travel? Or should I just consider ask one of the verbs such as suggest/insist/demand/recommend which have to be followed by (should) infinitive clause?


    Thanks for your opinion in advance:)

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    Re: ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    Quote Originally Posted by gummybear View Post
    Isn't underlined travel supposed to be to travel?
    '... we ask all visitors to travel the grounds with caution.'
    '... we ask that all visitors travel the grounds with caution.'

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    Re: ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    "Travel the ground" sounds odd.
    Perhaps "move around/about with caution".

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    Re: ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    Quote Originally Posted by gummybear View Post
    Or should I just consider ask one of the verbs such as suggest/insist/demand/recommend which have to be followed by (should) infinitive clause?
    They are verbs followed by the present subjunctive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Travel the ground" sounds odd.
    But it says 'travel the grounds', which refers to 'the camp grounds'.

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    Re: ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    "Travel the grounds" is unnatural. The problem isn't with the word "grounds". It's using "travel" like this. As Tedmc said, "to move around the grounds" is much more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    Thanks for the replies everyone! I got the point. :)

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    Re: ask + objective + verb(to infinitive or infinitive)?

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.

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