A short question today about the usage of "be" without using "to" in front of it.

Here is an example of each situation:
1. "He requested that the new car be fast."
2. "He requested for the new car to be fast."

Are these both correct, or is example 1 a bit funny?

  • Actually, "requesting for" something is perfectly correct in the phrasing that @Luca is using. "Resquested for" is just another way of saying "asked for."
    – ShadowyIce
    Jun 22, 2016 at 21:33
  • Example 1 sounds good to me. Example 2 is the funny-sounding one, because of "requested for" (as @WillBriggs said, but he meant Example 2, not Example 1); it should be "asked for" if you really want to use "for". Jun 23, 2016 at 4:25

1 Answer 1


The second phrase using the prepositions for and to is less clear. I simplify sentences using the paramedic method.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.