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    asked of

    One of the most common questions asked of those who study paleontology is how we know the age of a particular fossil.

    I don't understand the meaning of the sentence.
    does it mean students ask a question or students are requested to answer it?
    thanks

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    Re: asked of

    It means that one of the most common questions which more people ask students of paleontology is, "How do you know the age of a particular fossil?"

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    Re: asked of

    In this sentence, it means those who study paleontology are most often asked this question, i.e. people ask the students this question.


    Construction:

    asked of a person = that person is asked a question (= passive)
    asked by a person = that person has asked a question (= active)

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