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'Request Something' or 'Request for Something'?

(Last Updated: 11 September 2022)

Should we say 'request something' or 'request for something'?

Request or Request For: Which One Is Correct?

Request can be either a verb or a noun.

As a verb, it is transitive and therefore takes a direct object:

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Request for something is correct only when request is used as a noun:

They have made an urgent request for donations.

There have been many requests for more information.

The bank has refused her request for a loan.

When used as a verb, 'request' takes a direct object, so saying 'request something' is correct. 'Request for something' is correct only when 'request' is used as a noun.

Examples from the Media

Tens of thousands of Victorian year 12s are expected to request special consideration when applying for university. The Age (2021)

The home secretary has requested an urgent update from police on investigations into a spate of reports of women who believe they may have been "spiked", the Guardian understands. The Guardian (2021)

The Beijing-based source said the central government was ready to respond to the city's request for help in fighting the outbreak. —South China Morning Post (2022)

The provincial government did not say how it would monitor the rate of COVID-19 in the community, and did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. —CBC (2022)

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