ask for

This page is about the phrasal verb ask for.

Meaning: to let someone know that you'd like them to give you something

Synonym: request

For example:

  • ask for sth If you don't know where to go, ask for directions.

  • ask sb for sth Joanne didn't have the nerve to ask her boss for a wage rise.

  • sb ask for sth My son asked for help with his math's homework, but it was far to advanced for me!

Nouns often used as objects with ask for: help, information, directions, advice, bill, receipt

Quick Quiz:

After we'd eaten our meal, we asked the waiter for

a. the waitress

b. the bill

c. the food

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Contributor: Matt Errey