To ask someone to do something, in Spanish, we normally use verb pedir (to ask in this context). This is how it works if we express it in El Presente, El Presente Progresivo, El Pretérito Perfecto or El Futuro Próximo:
Notice how in English what is asked is expressed with an infinitive:
- My boyfriend is always asking me to be patient with him.
while in Spanish we use El Presente de Subjuntivo, after "que":
- Mi novio siempre me pide que sea paciente con él.
You will generally find either:
- an indirect object pronoun (me, te, le, nos, os, les) in this type of sentence as one normally asks "someone" to do something, e.g "me está pidiendo que...", "les pide que..."
- an indirect object which always uses the preposition "a", e.g "pide a tu hermano que...", "yo nunca pido a Antonio que...". In English there is no need to use a preposition: "He is asking Laura..." but in Spanish you must use the preposition "a": "Le está pidiendo a Laura que...".
Here are other examples:
To see how this works with "pedir" in most past tenses see Pedir followed by El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo to ask someone to do something