Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday April 17, 2009

pedir, verb:
to ask for; to request

Some people say “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”, so pedir to ask for something is a very useful word.

¿Has pedido ya la cuenta?
Have you asked for the bill yet?

Notice the structure you use to ask someone for something, pedir algo a alguien:

Le pedí dinero a mi padre.
I asked my father for some money.

Pedir is irregular, and the letter -e of the stem changes to an -i in some of the present indicative, all of the present subjunctive, and some of the preterite.

No me pidas más.
Don’t ask me for anything else.

Me pidió una entrevista.
He asked me for an interview.

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