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    #1

    I ask you

    Is it a natural sentence?


    I ask you not to call me after seven p.m.


    I know I could say "Could I ask you" etc, but I am interested in this categoric "I ask you". Is it natural in certain context? If yes, what context could it be? "Maybe it should be "I am asking you"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I ask you

    The past tense would be more logical:

    I asked you not to call me after seven p.m.
    I told you not to call me after seven p.m.

    The statement would have been made after something was said, not when it is said.

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    #3

    Re: I ask you

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is it a natural sentence?

    I ask you not to call me after seven p.m. No, it is not natural.

    I know I could say "Could I ask you" etc, but I am interested in this categoric "I ask you". Is it natural in certain context? If yes, what context could it be? "Maybe it should be "I am asking you"?
    Stick to what you know to be correct: 'Could I ask you not to call me...' or 'Please don't call me ...'

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