'Demand Something' or 'Demand for Something'? | Mastering Grammar

(Last Updated: 22 March 2024)

Demand or Demand For: Which One Is Correct?

Demand can be either a verb or a noun.

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

We demand an immediate explanation!
We demand for an immediate explanation!

The protesters demanded the release of all political prisoners.
The protesters demanded for the release of all political prisoners.

Demand for something is correct only when demand is used as a noun:

He repeated his demand for a satisfactory explanation.

How can we meet the demand for new housing in Hong Kong?

There have been demands for better hospital services from the public.

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Examples from the Media

A Ukrainian refugee has been left homeless just days after moving in with a host in Brighton who demanded money from her to pay for utility bills. —The Guardian (2022)

Hundreds of parents gathered outside city hall and then marched to Queen's Park on Monday afternoon, spending Ontario's Simcoe Day holiday demanding changes to the education system in addressing anti-Black racism. —Toronto Star (2020)

Saudi Arabia's national oil company earned $161 billion last year, a nearly 50 percent jump over 2021, and said demand for oil would continue. —The New York Times (2023)

CEDA senior economist Cassandra Winzar said growth would be supported by ongoing infrastructure projects and demand for Australian commodities. —The Sydney Morning Herald (2023)

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