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    #1

    Ask of him

    "I have to ask a question of my supervisor".

    "I have to ask of you" or "I have to ask you".

    "He had to ask him" or "ask of him".

    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: Ask of him

    I had to ask my supervisor/you/him/her/them, etc, a question.

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    #3

    Re: Ask of him

    But using "of" is not incorrect. Right? Like "I have to ask a question of you or him".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But using "of" is not incorrect. Right? Like "I have to ask a question of you or him".
    To ask something of someone is not a synonym for to ask someone something. The former means to ask the person to do something.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Ask of him

    Hmmmm..."question of you" is not correct. "Question for you" perhaps?

    I would use "question of" in a lot of cases such as "I have a question of where the funds for training teachers is coming this year". But I would not use it in the case stated in your example.

    Hope that helps
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    #6

    Re: Ask of him

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post
    "I have a question of where the funds for training teachers is coming this year"
    That does not sound very natural to this speaker of BrE.

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    Re: Ask of him

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post

    "I have a question of where the funds for training teachers is coming this year".
    That's completely unnatural for me, and the word "from" has been omitted.

    I have a question about where the funds for training teachers are coming from this year.
    I have a question about where the funding for training teachers is coming from this year.
    It's not a question of how much the funding will be but a question of where that funding is coming from.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Ask of him

    tufguy, 'ask of him' is dated, literary or poetical.

    You never need to use it in modern English. Use the form Tdol suggested in post #2.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Feb-2016 at 14:19.

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    #9

    Re: Ask of him

    Sorry I didn't get you Rover_ke. Actually I heard these sentences on T.V but I was also told earlier that "I have to ask a question of my supervisor" is a correct sentence?

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    tufguy, please read post 8 carefully.

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