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    call for/on sb to do sth

    1.Human rights groups are calling for a postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death.
    2. Opposition groups have called on the government to change the tax laws. (ASD)
    3. A report by members of the European Parliament calls on EC governments to use subsidies and tax incentives to stimulate sales of electric cars ...
    4. ...electronics industries are keen for the government to renew the parts of this agreement that call for the Japanese to buy more American chips, ...

    How could we ESLs get to know when to use 'call for sb to do sth' or 'call on sb to do sth' since they both mean 'ask for'?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: call for/on sb to do sth

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    call for (an action, something to be done, a solution)
    eg. call for the abolition of slavery.

    call on (a person, a group, an establishment)
    eg. call on my clients during my business trip.

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    Re: call for/on sb to do sth

    The ambiguity is here, call on (request) can be a shortened form of call upon (demand), which is near synonymous with call for (demand; require).

    Call (up)on [someone], request; demand
    2. Opposition groups have called on the government to change the tax laws.

    3. A report by members of the European Parliament calls on EC governments to use subsidies and tax incentives to stimulate sales of electric cars ...

    Call for [something], require; demand
    1. Human rights groups are calling for a postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death. [demand]
    4. ...electronics industries are keen for the government to renew the parts of this agreement that call for the Japanese to buy more American chips, ... [require]

    => call on the Japanese to buy more is possible, but the resulting meaning, request; demand the Japanese to ... doesn't fit the context.

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