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Phrasal verbs "to ask"

Phrasal verbs "to ask"

Date: Oct 03 2007

Topic: Grammar

Author: rhyme_reason


Using the verb 'to ask ' combined with particles:

'to ask after' someone means to ask for information about how they are and what they are doing.

  • Sue was asking after you. I told her you were fine.
  • He asked after my mother. He wanted to know how she was doing.

'to ask around' means to ask several people for help or information.

  • I asked around to see if anyone knew someone who could rent me a room.
  • When I needed to buy a new car, I asked around and someone offered me this one.

'to ask for' means to say that you want something.

  • I asked for the chicken but you have brought me the beef.
  • I must remember to ask for a receipt so that I can get reimbursed.

'to ask for' can also mean to do something which is likely to lead to trouble or problems.

  • Walking around the streets alone at night was asking for trouble.
  • If you go to that part of town, you're asking for trouble. It's very dangerous there.

'to ask for someone' means to ask to speak to them.

  • He asked for Carol but there is no one working here called Carol.
  • If you need anything, ask for Henry. He'll be able to help you.

'to ask someone in' means to invite them into the room or your home.

  • If someone comes to the door, don’t ask them in.
  • Sometimes when I'm out in the garden, the neighbours ask me in for a drink.

'to ask someone out' means to invite them to go somewhere with you.

  • He asked me out so I expected him to pay for dinner.
  • We often invite our friends out for a drink in the pub.

'to ask someone over' means to invite them to come visit you in your home.

  • I've asked Diane from across the road over for a cup of coffee later.
  • He asked me over to see what they had done in the garden.

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