When I'm talking about the past, that I talked that I don't allow to advertise in my place, which of the following forms are the right?

1) "I asked TO NOT advertise here"

2) "I asked NOT advertise here" (I asked not to do that)

3) something else

  • Just like you say in the parentheses: 3) "I asked NOT TO advertise here" Oct 22, 2015 at 15:58
  • @VictorBazarov No; with ask, an infinitival without an express subject takes the subject of the head clause as its subject. Oct 22, 2015 at 16:02
  • @StoneyB: so, in the parentheses ("I asked not to do that") is different because it has "that"? Got any other examples? Oct 22, 2015 at 16:07
  • @VictorBazarov "I asked not to do that" expands to something like "I asked that I be permitted to abstain from doing that". OP needs something with an express subject: "I asked them not to do that" or "I asked that they not do that" (but do in that last one will be parsed as a 'mandative subjunctive'). If there's no subject available, you have to rewrite: "I forbade/prohibited advertising in my place" Oct 22, 2015 at 16:37
  • @StoneyB So, without rewriting, the OP needs "them" or "you" in the sentence, and then it would be "I asked you not to do that". So, when the OP is talking to those to whom he previously forbade advertising in OP's place, would "you" not be assumed? Oct 22, 2015 at 16:42

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Close, the following would probably be the best way to phrase it.

You are asking a person not to do something:

I asked you not to advertise here

Or alternately:

I asked people not to advertise here

I asked everyone to not advertise here

The last example wouldn't technically be wrong, but the former two flow better.

  • bingo. Asked usually needs a direct object or a preposition. Something has to fulfill the meaning, and an infinitive phrase doesn't satisfy on its own.
    – Jeutnarg
    Nov 25, 2015 at 19:41

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