Ask about or ask for
Sometimes there is some confusion regarding when to use about or for when using the verb ask. Here is a brief explanation to help you understand when to use which.
Use the preposition about with the verb ask when you want to inquire or get information about something. For example,
– I need to ask my boss about some of the project specifics.
– She ask me about some personal information.
Use the preposition for when your intention is to receive something. For example,
– I want to ask my mother for a loan.
– You should ask for permission before entering.
Exercise: Look at the following sentences and decide whether to use about or for.
1. The police officer asked ________ my identification.
2. I asked the salesperson _________ the computer’s features.
3. It is important to ask the receptionist _________ directions.
4. I think you should ask a lawyer _______ advice.
5. Be sure to ask ________ them about the sales offer.
6. She hates to ask anyone _______ help.
7. I had to ask the teacher _________ the homework because I didn’t understand.
8. The pharmacist asked ________ the prescription before filling it.
9. How much are you going to ask _______ when you sell your car?
10. I’m afraid to ask _______ his situation. He’s pretty sensitive.
Answers to last week’s tidbits:
1. He __________________ (get) new glasses this weekend. __
2. She ____________________ (buy) a new cell phone. __
3. I ________________ (work) this weekend. __
4. The new Jim Carrey movie _________________ (be) really stupid. __
5. You ____________________ (buckle) your seat belt when driving. __
6. My father and I _______________________ (be) at home for dinner, but there was a big snowstorm. __
7. What time _________ you ________________ (take) the exam? __
8. Non-residents ________________________ (leave) the country every three months. __
9. You ______________________ (wear) business clothes to a job interview. __
10. That new Japanese restaurant _____________________ (have) the best sushi. __