Language tip of the week: askPosted by Kerstin Johnson on March 06, 2014
In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week’s language tip helps with the verb ask:
The verb ask is never used with the preposition to. It takes a direct personal object, so you can:
- ask someone something
- ask someone what / where / why / how etc
✗ The speaker
asks to the menhow many children they have.
✓ The speaker asks the men how many children they have.
✗ It is an interesting question that every European should
ask to himself.
✓ It is an interesting question that every European should ask himself.
✗ Airport security staff might
ask to the passengerswhere they are going.
✓ Airport security staff might ask the passengers where they are going.
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