To keep straight the difference between the two forms of "asking," I would call this one "to request" but that comes up as wrong...
"The girl asks for an apple" is not accepted. Surely this is an error, right?
How about: The girl begs for an apple. I thought ask was спрашивать/ спросить, and that просить/ попросить was a more serious way of asking or begging?
According to http://ask.masterrussian.com/771/differences-of-verbs-ask , the difference is merely in whether you are asking for information or for an item.
Oh I see. So I suppose begging might be considered correct according to context, but a little strong here. Огромное спасибо! Have a lingot! ;)
The machine voice makes it difficult to ascertain if it is девочка or девушка. I typed the latter and it is wrong. cries in frustration
So, not dative? I thought ‘The girl ask for the apple’ would be «Девочка просит яблоку».