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subhajit123

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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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Yes, the object after 'ask' is really necessary.
 

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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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