I am sorry if this is off-topic but I have searched for it on google and on Learners Dictionary, but couldn't find a satisfactory answer. So, I'm posting it here.

This is a question (see image) on my test.  

I requested the teacher (to go out) early.

  • to allow me to leave

  • to let me go.

And answer is the 1st option. Can any one tell me why we reject the 2nd option.

Which one is grammatically correct?

Note: And if you think that request doesn't take to after it, see following examples:

Direct: He said, ‘Let me go.’ Indirect: He requested to let him go.

Direct: The boy said to his father, ‘Let me play now.’ Indirect: The boy requested his father to let him play then (Reference)

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    The test seems all wrong to me. Mainly, this is because request used like that cannot be followed by to. If you "request the teacher to leave", your are the principal or director of the school. Sorry, but really, this is basic grammar gone wrong (in your test). Also, questions on "correct answers" are not really acceptable though I do understand this is trick since the question is faulty. I could work that into an answer if others do not wish to close this question...
    – Lambie
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 18:00
  • @Lambie It is question of my test and I have written it as it was.
    – Pradeep
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 18:01
  • I understand that. Nevertheless, it is about choice of two, both of which are wrong because the main clause is wrong here for those. If this question is accepted by others as valid, I will answer. Let's wait and see.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 18:03
  • @Lambie Can it be "I requested the teacher let me go early."
    – Pradeep
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 18:03
  • @Lambie But here is a few examples where request is used with to. en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/request
    – Pradeep
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 18:07

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While both have the same meaning, let is the less formal of the two (also permit, which is considered more formal than allow). The big difference: the verb that comes after let does not require to to precede it. The verb that comes after allow requires to before the verb. Note the following, the 3rd example is the one I typically use:

I asked the teacher to let me leave early.

I asked the teacher to allow me to leave early.

I asked the teacher if I could leave early.

  • +1 Thank you for that.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 18:23
  • Instead of 'leave' can we use 'go'
    – Pradeep
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 9:56
  • @Pradeep yes, "go" is acceptable, also "take off" as in "I asked the teacher if I could take off early today".
    – Karen927
    Commented May 20, 2019 at 22:04

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