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Which is correct?

  1. I would like to request you to refrain from shouting.

  2. I would like to request of you to refrain from shouting.

  3. I would like to request from you to refrain from shouting.

  4. Something else?

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5 Answers 5

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3 is out: one might request an item from a person, but not generally a behavior.

2 is correct but the "of" is unnecessary.

1 just sounds better than the others because it is less wordy.

However, the most direct is, "Please refrain from shouting." Why make it complicated?

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    Thanks. Regarding the question at the end of your answer: Because that’s not the point in my question. My question is how to use the verb “request”. “Don’t use it” might be a solution in this particular example sentence, but it doesn’t answer the general question.
    – Timwi
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 14:04
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    Really?? I find (1) to be ungrammatical.
    – Kosmonaut
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 14:04
  • I do not find any of these to be ungrammatical.
    – delete
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 14:05
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There is another obvious one to add to your list:

“I would like to request you refrain from shouting.”

I think there are people who use all three forms you suggested. It's a little difficult to say which one is correct but as kajaco said 3. sounds a bit odd.

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    Or, indeed, "I would like to request that you refrain from shouting" which sounds the most grammatical to my (Australian English-acclimatised) ears.
    – Cowan
    Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 1:11
  • @Cowan: Exactly. "That" can often be omitted, but it can often sound a bit dodgy/sloppy. Best to include "that", you can never go wrong with it.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 16:09
  • @Noldorin: so that is the reason you downvoted my post? You're a hero.
    – delete
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 22:59
  • I'm sorry. Did I hurt your feelings?
    – Noldorin
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 23:25
  • @Noldorin: please use your question and answer votes to promote or demote the answers which you feel are correct or incorrect, without worrying about whether you are hurting my feelings.
    – delete
    Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 1:36
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How about this:

I would like to request that you to refrain from shouting.

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    That seems ungrammatical to me.
    – delete
    Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 7:55
  • +1 This is exactly correct. One requests that someone does something. (that can sometimes be omitted, but may be considered sloppy). Compare the Google results for "request that you" (50M) and "request you" (3M).
    – Noldorin
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 16:07
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    I agree with Shinto: "to refrain" should be simply "refrain" in the sentence above.
    – moioci
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 18:02
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    I would like to request that you refrain from shouting is correct, but not I would like to request that you to refrain from shouting. The sentence is made of two clauses: I would like to request, and you refrain from shouting. You don't say (?) you to refrain from shouting.
    – apaderno
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 19:06
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    I think someone should just edit this. The "to" makes all the difference here, but the point is that request should be followed by "that", which I agree with.
    – tenfour
    Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 13:01
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What about "for"? An RFP is a "request for proposal."

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The simple answer is that it varies. You can:

Request [a person] to [do something]~ 'request visitors to remove their shoes'

Request to have [a thing or a favour]~ request to have his telephone upgraded'

Request for [a thing or favour] ~ 'a request for a new computer'

Request that [something happens] ~ 'request that you refrain from shouting'

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  • If this is the simple answer, what is the real one? +1 anyway
    – user21032
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 20:09
  • request visitor removes their shoes - no to; request a new computer, no for.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 0:36

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