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    This is the question he asked of me.

    "This is the question he asked of me."

    Please check.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Delete "of" in that sentence.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Tufguy, you ask a question. If you leave out the word "question", you can ask something of someone. The latter usage is less common.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Tufguy, you ask a question. If you leave out the word "question", you can ask something of someone. The latter usage is less common.
    Okay, we cannot say "I want to ask a question of him" or "I want to ask a question of you" or "he asked a question of me" but we can say "I want to ask this of him".

    If somebody asks me something that I am not sure about and I want to confirm it with my father, mother or friend, so can I say to that person "I will have to ask this of my father, mother or friend?"

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Nobody is going to shoot you if you use 'of', but it's unnatural.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

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    Nobody is going to shoot you if you use 'of', but it's unnatural.
    But it can be used when we don't use the word question, right? Like in my second example.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay, we cannot say "I want to ask a question of him" or "I want to ask a question of you" or "he asked a question of me" but we can say "I want to ask this of him".

    If somebody asks me something that I am not sure about and I want to confirm it with my father, mother or friend, so can I say to that person "I will have to ask this of my father, mother or friend?"
    Yes, you can. It's more natural, and simpler, to say I will have to ask my father.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Bob: When is Sharon coming home?
    Rob: I don't know, but my sister knows. I'll ask her.

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Bob: When is Sharon coming home?
    Rob: I don't know, but my sister knows. I'll ask her.
    Sorry guys but my question was "I will have to ask this of my father." Could you please tell whether it is correct to use "of" when we are not using the word "question"?

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    Re: This is the question he asked of me.

    Have you read posts 5 and 7?

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