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Which one is correct?

  1. I requested the police to permit me to enter the house.

  2. I requested permitting me to enter the house from the police.

  3. I requested to permit me to enter the house.

  4. I requested it from the police permitting me to enter the house from the police.

  5. I requested it from the police to permit me to enter the house.

I think 1,3,5 are correct, but only 2 and 4 barely make sense. I want to know the reason why if there's something wrong. Personally, I guess such a sentence structure like 2 as "request gerund from object" should be avoidable as people can misunderstand "from" as modifying "gerund" in meaning.

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Of these, only #1 is fully correct.

"I requested" should usually be followed by who you are making the request of, or by what you are requesting. Often both are specified.

  • I requested John to help Jane (who= John, what=to help Jane)
  • I requested access to the computer. (what=access to the computer)

When a "what" is specified, it should usually be a noun or noun phrase

In #2

I requested permitting me to enter the house from the police.

"permitting me" is not a noun phrase nor does it function as one.

In #3

I requested to permit me to enter the house

there needs to be a {who} before the "to"

I requested Jack to permit me to enter the house

In #4

I requested it from the police permitting me to enter the house from the police.

"permitting" does not work in this context. One might say

  • I requested permission from the police for me to enter the house.
  • I needed permission to enter the house. I requested it from the police.

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