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    "I asked him his phone."

    "I asked him his phone."
    "I asked him for his phone."

    Kindly tell me which of the above is correct.
    Last edited by MeyaN; 21-Nov-2016 at 17:08.
    P.S. Please correct any errors above.

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    #2

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    Only the second is possible.

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    #3

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    The first is possible if 'number' is added after 'phone'.
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    #4

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    Yes, but that changes the meaning of the sentence.

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    #5

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    "I asked him for his phone."
    That means that you asked him to give you or lend you his phone.
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    #6

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Kindly tell me (space required here) which of the above is correct.
    Note my corrections above. If you start with "Kindly/please tell me ...", you don't need a question mark at the end. It's a request but not a question.

    Please tell me the answer.
    Please tell me what to do.
    Can you tell me the answer?
    Can you tell me what to do?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    I'm sorry. I corrected them.

    How come the first sentence is valid if it's "phone number", but not "phone"?
    And, why is "for" needed, as in the second sentence? Is it a kind of fixed expression/phrase?

    Thank you.
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    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    "I asked him his phone."
    "I asked him for his phone."
    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    How come the first sentence is valid if it's "phone number", but not "phone"?
    And, why is "for" needed, as in the second sentence? Is it a kind of fixed expression/phrase?
    Ask + object pronoun + named information is an idiomatic use of "to ask". You can ask someone's name, phone number, age, etc. It doesn't work for objects.

    The second sentence needs "for" because ask for is a phrasal verb. The preposition tells the listener how to understand ask.
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    #9

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    'I asked him his phone number' ── I wanted him to tell me his number.
    'I asked him for his phone' ── I wanted him to give me his phone.

    That's how I understand it.
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    #10

    Re: "I asked him his phone."

    Thank you.

    Now, I understand that the first sentence doesn't sound right. But, is there any ambiguity in understanding of "I asked him his phone"? [Also, please tell me if using comma after "but" and "also" is correct here.]
    P.S. Please correct any errors above.

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