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  1. Redy's Avatar

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    Request and require

    Dear Teachers,

    I can't figure out the difference between request and require.

    For example,

    1).he requested me to try hard on my homework
    he required me to try hard on my homework

    which one makes sense?

    2) this job requires english
    this job requests english

    which one is correct?

    And, would you please give me more examples to demonstrate it?

    Thanks in advance.


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    #2

    Re: Request and require

    What does 'request' mean?

    What does 'require' mean?

  2. Redy's Avatar

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    Re: Request and require

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    What does 'request' mean?

    What does 'require' mean?
    You kidding?

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    Re: Request and require

    Quote Originally Posted by Redy View Post
    You kidding?
    No, he's not kidding. He is using a teaching technique which requires a student to do his/her best in coming up with the answer first.
    However, in this case, you have probably done that.
    My dictionary gives "to ask for" as one definition for both of these words, so I think your question is fair.
    1. He requested me to try hard on my homework. He asked you to ...
    He required me to try hard on my homework He ordered you to. He said that you must do it. A requirement is much stronger than a request.
    2) This job requires English You must be able to speak English.
    This job requests English. This is not a good sentence. If it were, it would mean they prefer an English speaker, but it's not essential.

    Also note that good English requires you to capitalise some words, so I will respectfully request that you do so.



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    Re: Request and require

    Would you please tell me what's the difference between request and require?

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    Re: Request and require

    thanks, I didn't notice Raymott's reply.

    Thanks Raymott and David


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    Re: Request and require

    You're the one who said, "I can't figure out the difference between request and require".
    My dictionary seems to be quite clear on this, so I imagined yours would also. But I couldn't be sure. So, before we even started discussing the difference, I was requesting to know your understanding of what they each mean.

    So, no, I wasn't kidding. I was trying not to waste my time by talking blindly in the dark. I think from now on I may well require such clarification of unclear posts before I do take the trouble to respond.
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Jul-2008 at 18:29.

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    Re: Request and require

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    You're the one who said, "I can't figure out the difference between request and require".
    My dictionary seems to be quite clear on this, so I imagined yours would also. But I couldn't be sure. So, before we even started discussing the difference, I was requesting to know your understanding of what they each mean.

    So, no, I wasn't kidding. I was trying not to waste my time by talking blindly in the dark. I think from now on I may well require such clarification of unclear posts before I do take the trouble to respond.
    That's quite reasonable on your part. But I guess you'd know that while you are waiting for confirmation from the poster, someone else (not necessarily me) will hop in and answer the question, especially when the poster appears to have gone to some trouble, eg. providing sentences with terms in them.

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