Does “pedir algo a” = “to ask for something from”?

MarcosC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Does “pedir algo a” = “to ask for something from”?

In this example above, a = from:

Tú pides demasiado a la vida.

You ask too much from life.

Is this always the case? For example, could we say:


Él pide 100000 pesos al banco.

He is asking for 100000 pesos from the bank.


I would expect that we would use “del”, so is “al” correct?

Asked 4 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Marcos

Yes, it's preposition "a" what you need for this meaning of "from" with the verb pedir. 

Le pedí dinero a mi hermano.

Le pedí un préstamo al banco. 

The only context I can think of using "de" with pedir is here for example:

Estás pidiendo mucho de mí.

You are asking too much from me.

The difference I see is that here the nuance is being "demanding". 

Saludos

Inma

SergioKwiziq community member

Inma's answer is spot on. 

Does “pedir algo a” = “to ask for something from”?

In this example above, a = from:

Tú pides demasiado a la vida.

You ask too much from life.

Is this always the case? For example, could we say:


Él pide 100000 pesos al banco.

He is asking for 100000 pesos from the bank.


I would expect that we would use “del”, so is “al” correct?

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