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    Default ask smb. smth/ask smth smb.

    Hi again,
    Can I use indirect object after ask?

    1. I am going to ask John a question.
    2. I am going to ask a question John.(I think it's wrong, but not sure)
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: ask smb. smth/ask smth smb.

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    Hi again,
    Can I use indirect object after ask?

    1. I am going to ask John a question.
    2. I am going to ask a question John.(I think it's wrong, but not sure)
    Thank you.
    #1 is OK. #2 is wrong.

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    Default Re: ask smb. smth/ask smth smb.

    You can say "I am going to ask a question of John" and it means the same as "I am going to ask John a question".
    If you say "I am going to ask a question, John", it means that you are talking to John and you are telling him that you plan to ask a question.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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