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    Default one does not ask a question to a master who....

    Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages Through the Early Modern Period - Google

    There is a sentence: one does not ask a question to a master who....

    The OALD says: You cannot say ‘ask to somebody’: I asked to my friend what had happened.

    I think the two sentences are the same in structure; the example sentence considered wrong given by the OALD can be written as I asked what had happened to my friend, in which WHAT HAD HAPPENED is the object, just as QUESTION in that book. I hope to know whether a native English speaker will consider such a sentence structure as incorrect.

    In conversation, when I have said I ASKED A QUESTION and I want to continue the sentence with the name of the person I raised the question to, is there any way I can do it without changing the structure?

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    Default Re: one does not ask a question to a master who....

    Without changing the structure, you would need to say 'One does not ask a question of a master who....'

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    Default Re: one does not ask a question to a master who....

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Without changing the structure, you would need to say 'One does not ask a question of a master who....'

    Rover
    Thanks.
    Usually dictionaries say this ASK SOMETHING OF SOMEONE structure is formal; so you think TO is not acceptable? (which means that book is wrong)

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    Default Re: one does not ask a question to a master who....

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Thanks.
    Usually dictionaries say this ASK SOMETHING OF SOMEONE structure is formal; so you think TO is not acceptable? (which means that book is wrong)
    That's right, the book is wrong.

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