This sentence:

You have the right to ask for someone in the United States of America.

  • Does it have any grammatical errors?
  • Does it even make sense? I think it is usually ...to ask for someTHING ...not someONE
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    Yes you can ask for someone. If you provide more context it would help though...
    – tenfour
    Aug 9, 2012 at 21:32
  • Target red cards customer satisfaction. Talking to the customer service people
    – Blake
    Aug 9, 2012 at 21:33
  • Question: "Who just came into the office?" Reply: "Some visitor - she's asking for Mr. Jones." Rude eavesdropping visitor: "Darned right I am. You have the right to ask for someone in the United States of America." (Yes, you have the right to ask for someone in English; it usually means you are requesting to see or speak with that person.)
    – J.R.
    Aug 9, 2012 at 21:38
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    – RegDwigнt
    Aug 9, 2012 at 21:46
  • You have the right to ask to speak with a person physically located in the USA, not (probably) India. Aug 9, 2012 at 21:57

2 Answers 2


Yes, the sentence is grammatically correct. It is, however, ambiguous; it may mean You have the right to ask to speak to someone who is in the USA (as opposed, perhaps, to someone in a call centre), or it may mean One of the freedoms this country guarantees is the right to ask to speak to somebody (as in JRs comment: this is deliberately rude). And you are right that it is usually to ask for something rather than someone, but that has very little to do with good English.

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    Or maybe you only have a right to ask a question on behalf of a citizen of the USA. (I asked the professor the question for Jane).
    – Xantix
    Aug 9, 2012 at 23:52

Yes, it is grammatically correct, and given your comment concerning the context, it now makes sense.

What it means is that you have the right to request a customer service representative who is from the United States, as opposed to someone from India or another country where the accent may be nearly impossible for an American to understand.

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