Ask and Ask for
Ask for: ask somebody to give something. Ask without for: ask somebody to tell something.
– Don’t ask me for money. (NOT
Don’t ask me money.)
Don’t ask me my name.
(More common than Don’t ask me for my name.)
– Ask for the menu.
– Ask the price.
Ask is sometimes used without for when talking about asking for sums of
money, especially in connection with buying, selling and renting.
They’re asking £500 a month rent.
How much is the car?~ I’m asking fifteen hundred.
Note also the expressions
- ask a lot of somebody
- ask too much of somebody
- ask a favor of somebody
- ask (for) permission.
We can use infinitive structures after ask
ask + infinitive
I asked to go home. (=I asked permission to go home.)
ask + object + infinitive
I asked John to go home. (= I told John I would like him to go home.)
ask + for + object + infinitive
I asked for the children to have extra milk.
I asked for the parcel to be sent to my home address.
Note the difference between these two sentences:
I asked John to go home. (I wanted John to go home.)
I asked John if I could go home. (I wanted to go home myself.)