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    All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    hi,

    I am wondering what the original of this sentence is? how the sentence below formed in this way?

    All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    What do you mean by 'the original' of the sentence?
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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you mean by 'the original' of the sentence?
    I meant, we have following phrases with verb 'ask', so I can't figure out the sentence in main post.

    ask somebody to do something
    ask somebody for something
    ask for

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    "Asking for" is just the present continuous tense of "ask for".
    Last edited by andrewg927; 25-Jul-2017 at 06:51. Reason: Fixing a horrible error

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    "Asking for" is just the present tense of "ask for".
    Actually it's the present progressive/continuous tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by sania-baharat View Post
    I meant, we have following phrases with verb 'ask', so I can't figure out the sentence in main post.

    ask somebody to do something
    ask somebody for something
    ask for
    I'm not sure why a slight tense change is causing you confusion. If you understand your three examples, you shouldn't have any trouble understanding 'we are asking for'.
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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    I also don't understand that sentence. I have problem with 'to be given'. Could anyone please clarify more?
    Last edited by yi-ing; 25-Jul-2017 at 06:43.

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    They want a chance to do something. They are asking for that chance to be given to them. Does it make more sense now?

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    Can we say All we're asking for is given a chance.? why do the writer use 'to'?

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    No but you can say "All we're asking for is a chance". Writers choose whatever phrase, structure, word they like. The only person who knows why is the writer himself.

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    Re: All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

    Or All we're asking for is to be given a chance.

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