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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

Is it 'was I wrong to ask for' or 'was I wrong for asking'?

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    They're both OK and have different meanings. You ask a question, like "Who are you?" or "How much did that cost?" You ask for a thing, like a kiss or a peanut butter sandwich.

  • 1 month ago

    It would depend on the rest of the sentence.

    Was it wrong to ask for seconds when they had so many in the family to feed?

    Was I wrong for asking why she got so emotional when we watched 'Gilmore Girls'?

  • 1 month ago

    Depends. Was it wrong to have asked, or was it the thing which was asked for which is the problem?  The asking itself, or the thing asked for?  Which is the real problem?

  • 1 month ago

    the first construction is more formal

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  • 1 month ago

    Either one. There are many verbs that can be followed by either the infinitive (to ask) or the present participle (for asking). There are lists of them that you can find. Then there are verbs that must be followed by one or the other:

    He needs to ask for...

    and some that change meaning depending on which is used.

    He stopped working to smoke= He stopped to smoke.

    He stopped smoking means he won't smoke anymore. 

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