How to Properly Use the Word “Request”
English Mini-Lesson by Tanya Hoover
A common error that I often see is people using “request”
followed by a person’s name.
INCORRECT: I requested Tanya to teach me how to order
food at a restaurant.
CORRECT: I asked Tanya to teach me how to order food
at a restaurant.
If you want to be formal, you may use the word “request,”
but let me share how to use it correctly.
A person requests (something):
• I requested a pillow from the flight attendant.
• He requested time off from work.
• We requested an extension of the deadline.
Usually, “request” is used for something special that we
want, but would not normally get.
It is possible to request a person, but only if you don’t want
to interact with anyone else.
Example: I requested Jaron at the salon, but he was
unavailable, so I decided to make an appointment with
him for next week.
Other times, just use “ask.” We can use “ask” with people.
ask (me, you, him, her, us, them) _____
ask (Tanya, Aiko, Zenji, Manami, Brian and I, Katie and
I asked her to send me an e-mail, but I haven’t heard from
She asked me to come to her party.
I want to ask Tanya about confusing English words.