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    He inquired of me that I be quiet.

    "He inquired of me that I be quiet"


    Does this sentence make sense?

    Is it possible to use that clause as a object of the verb inquire?

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    Re: He inquired of me that I be quiet.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    "He inquired of me that I be quiet"


    Does this sentence make sense?

    Is it possible to use that clause as a object of the verb inquire?
    No and no. You inquire about something. You inquire when you're seeking information.
    "required" works.

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    Re: He inquired of me that I be quiet.

    You could write 'He requested that I be quiet'; but if you said it you could expect the response 'Ooh, get you - who's swallowed Strunk and White then?!' The normal way to say it would be something like 'He asked me to be quiet/to shut up/ to shoosh/to keep mum...' (Maybe not the last, which is rather dated; it persists mostly in the semi-fossilized 'Mum's the word' [='Be quiet/Hush/Can it/Zip it...].

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    Re: He inquired of me that I be quiet.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    "He inquired of me that I be quiet".
    You have probably heard that 'inquire' means 'ask'. It doesn't always. In addition to the suggestions above you could say

    'He asked me to be quiet.'

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