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Silver

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

I met a young woman in a restaurant, she looks like my friend Connie, the one who I want to marry. I then told Connie that I met someone like her, and I:

I really wanted to ask her number.

I wonder if the bold is natural to mean that I was looking for a method to keep in touch with the woman who looks like Connie.

Thanks a lot
 
  • wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    There is nothing with 'I wanted to ask her number'. We ask the time, the date, people's names, etc.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I really wanted to ask for her number.
    I really wanted to ask her for her number.
    I think these work better in BE than a plain "ask her number".

    It's quite a subtle nuance, but what you're asking is not just what her phone number is: you're really asking for her permission to use it in order to ask her out. :)
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    Exactly my thoughts.
    It's quite a subtle nuance, but what you're asking is not just what her phone number is: you're really asking for her permission to use it in order to ask her out. :)
    Hence, the usage difference between "name" and "number", which the person wants to use to call her.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Confused of Gloucester writes...

    I agree with wandle: there are several options here:
    I wanted to ask her number.:tick:
    I wanted to ask for her number.:tick:
    I wanted to ask her for her number.:tick:
     
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