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    #1

    "[...] have contacted me via email and asked me to..."

    The question is whether you necessarily need to add "me" if there are two verbs in the same sentece to which "me" should follow.

    Let's take the following sentence as an example:

    "Some students have contacted me via email and asked (me) to provide them with information about the upcoming exam."


    Do I need to include the second me or can it be left out? And if it can be left out but you include it nevertheless, is it a mistake or simply a matter of "better/worse" style?

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    #2

    Re: "[...] have contacted me via email and asked me to..."

    We need the second 'me.

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    #3

    Re: "[...] have contacted me via email and asked me to..."

    Could you please be so kind as to explain why need it? I mean leaving it out would be grammatically wrong?

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    #4

    Re: "[...] have contacted me via email and asked me to..."

    If you ask to do something, you request permission to do it.

    They asked to go out - They wanted permission (for them) to go out.
    They asked me to go out - They invited/requested the speaker to go out.

    Some students have contacted me via email and asked to provide them with information about the upcoming exam.

    This would mean that the students wanted permission to provide .... . Clearly this makes no sense here. You could say:

    Some students have contacted me via email and asked to be provided with information about the upcoming exam.

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    #5

    Re: "[...] have contacted me via email and asked me to..."

    Fantastic explanation!

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