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母に七時に(a - 起きて・b - 起こして) 欲しいと頼んでおこう。

For the above statement I chose a - 起きて but it was wrong, why is b right and a wrong?

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Grammatically, both a and b are possible. It is a matter of which situation is (by far) the commoner.

  • 起きてほしい would mean ask mom to wake up;
  • 起こしてほしい would mean ask mom to wake me up,

of which the latter is the likelier.

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  • So what your trying to tell me is that 起きて is intransitive and 起こして is transitive, correct?
    – fynxgloire
    Nov 13 at 11:49
  • That is correct, More succinctly they correspond to rise/raise.
    – sundowner
    Nov 13 at 12:43

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