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The verb to ask can be translated as postuli and demandi.
Are the two words equivalent or are there differences?

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    Just to add to your confusion, there's also "peti". – Shayne Power Apr 16 '18 at 12:05
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    The English demand (=postuli) and Esperanto demandi (=to ask) are so called false friends. – Joop Eggen Apr 16 '18 at 14:24
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Demandi is the action of requesting information, that is to ask a question. Postuli is making a demand, asking for something.

Panjo demandis min ĉu mi faris miajn hejmtaskojn.
"Mom asked me if I did my homework."

Panjo postulas ke mi ĉiam faru miajn hejmtaskojn.
"Mom demands(asks of me) that I always do my homework."

  • I think “asks that I do my homework” is less severe than “demands that I do my homework”. The former would probably be better translated by petas ke mi faru mian hejmtaskon. – Neil Roberts Apr 16 '18 at 15:10
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    "made" my homework? I've never seen it written that way in English (or at least American English). We always use do/did. Why made/make? – Seth Apr 16 '18 at 17:03
  • So demandi = inquire, postuli = request? – Acccumulation Apr 16 '18 at 18:41
  • Thank you Seth, corrected. Non-native EN speaker here. @ Accumulation: yes that's the gist of it. (Could be requirement instead of request) – 2_K_ Apr 17 '18 at 7:28
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postuli = to demand; demandi = to ask.

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