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    a small favour I would like to ask (of) you

    Hello,

    I've come across the sentence below in the move 'EVIL UNDER THE SUN.' And I've difficulty in understanding why 'of' is used.

    ''But before that, there is a small favour I would like to ask of you.''

    In the dictionary (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/ask+of), as is seen, the phrase is ''ask something of someone or something'' but not ''ask something someone or something.''

    Here's where I am confused. Is it because of a relative clause? What if we don't put 'of':

    - But before that, there is a small favour I would like to ask you.

    Thank you.

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    Re: a small favour I would like to ask (of) you

    We ask people questions. We ask favors of people.

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    Re: a small favour I would like to ask (of) you

    Colloquially, you can use 'of' or not. I'd say it's more grammatical with 'of'.
    You're asking for a favour. You're asking a favour of someone.
    "Could I ask you a favour?" is used, but seems deficient to me.

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