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    Talking Ask+(somebody)+to...

    Are both these sentences grammatical and do they mean the same?

    1- He asked me to give him money.
    2- He asked to give him money.

    Is the object after "ask" really necessary?

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    Re: Ask+(somebody)+to...

    Yes, the object after 'ask' is really necessary.
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    Re: Ask+(somebody)+to...

    Interpreted as grammatical, (2) has a completely different meaning from (1); "him" cannot, in (2), refer to the same person as "he" refers to. Sentence (2) means that one male individual asked for permission to give money to some other male individual.

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