LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||23/SET/2009 12:14 AM|
The sentences Dale posted are perfect, but they go beyond those three situations you mentioned. I'll try to sort the sentences into those categories and complete the ones that are missing:
1) ask + infinitive
- I asked to be your teacher.
- He asked to stay alone.
2) ask + object + infinitive
- I asked the women to call me.
- I ask you to be my teacher.
3) ask + that + (somebody) + subjunctive
- She asked that I stayed with her.
- They asked that they should be kept informed.
Structure 1 should be used when you don't want to mention the target of your question, or when such target is irrelevant (the object of the sentence is ommited). Structure 2 is probaly the most common: you mention the target of the question, and then explain what the question was about using an infinitive verb. Structure 3 is very formal and is more common in British English (the subjunctive is always very formal in English).
Notice that there are many other ways of using the verb to ask. I tried to stick to the forms you mentioned.
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