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"Please tell Mr. Anderson to turn on his system"

Is this is the right sentence to request our senior person to let other person to turn on that person's system?

Please mention what is the difference between ask and tell?

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Asking someone to do something is an explicit request. Telling someone to do something is generally a command. –  jimsug Jul 21 at 4:36
    
seems correct to me –  Ruslan Gerasimov Jul 21 at 8:12
    
@jimsug: So I need to put 'ask' instead of tell when I requesting them. Am I right? –  Arun Kumar T Jul 22 at 4:28
    
@RuslanGerasimov: Thank you. –  Arun Kumar T Jul 22 at 4:29

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I find the language of English quite polite. Normally, we request others to do something! :)

Generally, we use tell when we want to explicitly instruct someone/something. On the other hand, we use ask when we request.

For example...

Will you tell your kid to stop running around?
Will you ask your husband to look into the matter and help me?

This said, if you are instructing someone, use ...tell Mr. Anderson... and if you are requesting, use ...ask.....

[Just a note: In your case, there are two requests (as you said). The first request is yours to your senior and the second, your senior requesting Mr. Anderson].

Good read on BBC is here. This will help you understanding the nuance of those words.

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I think both are requests - it is a request (to an unknown third party) to either request that, or command, Mr Anderson to turn on his system. The appropriateness of either will depend on this third person's relationship with Mr Anderson, not the speaker's. –  jimsug Jul 22 at 14:44

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