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    She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.

    Miss Black (the teacher) is holding a class meeting on how to learn English. She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.
    (form a textbook)

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    t think the teacher needs to ask her students to report the results. Maybe she let her students report is more suitable. What do you say?
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    Re: She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.

    Ask is the natural verb for the situation. Let would only be possible if previous context established that there was some controversy about whether the students could report the results.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Nov-2016 at 17:20. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    I don’t think the teacher needs to ‘ask’ her students to report the results.
    Do you mean a teacher would only tell but not ask their students to do something?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you mean a teacher would only tell but not ask their students to do something?
    Thanks, Matthew.
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    t mean that. The sentences in OP are from an English textbook for children. In my opinion, if ask is used, the teacher would actually say would you please report.... I feel that sounds a little unnatural. I think can you report ... is more natural. What do you say?
    Thanks again.

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    Re: She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    Thanks, Matthew.
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    t mean that. The sentences in OP are from an English textbook for children. In my opinion, if ask is used, the teacher would actually say would you please report...’. I feel that sounds a little unnatural.
    It's perfectly natural.
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    Re: She asks two students to report the results of their discussion.

    Both "Would you please report ..." and "Can you report ..." constitute asking them to do it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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