ask (for) something in return

skypecity

Senior Member
Chinese
(1) He helped me a lot without asking anything in return.
(2) He helped me a lot without asking for anything in return.

These are sample sentences. My question is about the difference between "ask" and "ask for." Are the two sample sentences both correct? If so, do they have the exact same meaning?

Thanks.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I think they are both correct and have the same meaning.

    "Ask for anything in return" is more commonplace. "Ask anything in return" sounds a little more elegant to me, but I am not certain that everyone would agree.
     
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