This document has information about checks to be requested from each department.


This document has information about checks to be requested to each department.

Is the usage of both correct?

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    "Requested from" is correct. – user21497 May 13 '13 at 1:52
  • @BillFranke: Does that mean "requested to" is incorrect or ungrammatical? – Jesse Good May 13 '13 at 4:23
  • Yes, it's both incorrect & ungrammatical in this sentence. It'd be OK if it were "... checks that each department will be requested to make." I'm sure the downvoter thought the question was too basic to ask & could have been answered by a brief web search. Downvoters here don't usually give reasons. There's no improvement that I (not the downvoter) can suggest except "do some homework before asking fundamental questions that can probably be answered by a search engine inquiry, or ask them on the English Language Learner site. – user21497 May 13 '13 at 5:32
  • @BillFranke: Is this fundamental? I get a lot of hits for requested to. – Jesse Good May 13 '13 at 5:48
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    @Jesse, read the hits you got. They are things like "forward the information requested to the requestor" or "we will provide assistance in obtaining the information requested, to the extent permitted by law." – Old Pro May 13 '13 at 6:01

Only requested from is correct. If you just do a string search of English text (or a Google search) you will find "requested to" a lot, but that is because "to" is such a heavily used word with so many different functions and "requested" does extra duty as the passive, past tense, and participle form of request. So you might

  • request information and forward the information requested to the police, or you might
  • use the information requested to convince your boss. Or perhaps you
  • requested to go on vacation.

Still, you only request information from someone.

  • Thanks, useful information. Perhaps information was a bad example, how about the hits for tests requested to the? – Jesse Good May 13 '13 at 6:17
  • @JesseGood Information isn't the problem here so much as the passive voice, which inverts the clause and strands checks from the prepositional phrase modifying it. – Bradd Szonye May 13 '13 at 6:19
  • @BraddSzonye: Thanks Bradd, I understand the problem now. – Jesse Good May 13 '13 at 6:22
  • It looks like I parsed the sentence differently than you did, OldPro: information for requesting checks, rather than requesting information about checks. Same conclusion, though. – Bradd Szonye May 13 '13 at 6:26

As prepositions, from and to indicate direction, and request is not directional like send and receive are. However, you can request an item from somebody (who will provide it to you), or you can request an item for somebody (on their behalf): The preposition modifies the item, not the request itself. So in your example,

This document has information about checks to be requested from each department.

is correct if you want each department to provide the checks, and

This document has information about checks to be requested for each department.

is correct if you're sending the checks to each department.

  • By the way, if you meant to request information from each department, rather than checks, you should restructure the sentence so that information isn't so distant from the transitive verb and prepositional phrase. – Bradd Szonye May 13 '13 at 7:08

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