request vs ask :

request or ask

If you want something you can request it or you can ask for it. Many people like “request” because it sounds more formal, more elegant; but to other people it just sounds pretentious. There are many instances in which plain old “ask” works better: “I'm asking my buddies to go camping with me.” “She asked him to walk the dog.” Except on wedding invitations, try to avoid “request” where “ask” will do as well.

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  • n  a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
  • n  the verbal act of requesting
  • v  express the need or desire for; ask for
    She requested an extra bed in her room
  • v  ask (a person) to do something
    I requested that she type the entire manuscript
  • v  inquire for (information)
    I requested information from the secretary

  • v  inquire about
    I asked about their special today
    He had to ask directions several times
  • v  make a request or demand for something to somebody
    She asked him for a loan
  • v  direct or put; seek an answer to
    ask a question
  • v  consider obligatory; request and expect
    Aren't we asking too much of these children?
  • v  address a question to and expect an answer from
    The children asked me about their dead grandmother
  • v  require as useful, just, or proper
    This job asks a lot of patience and skill
  • v  require or ask for as a price or condition
    He is asking $200 for the table
    The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage
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