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    #1

    request information v. seek an answer.

    I would like to ask you two different meaning of ask. I cannot see any difference between them? Would you like to explain the difference?

    1) Request information about [enquire, inquire]

    "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times";



    3) Direct or put; seek an answer to
    "ask a question."

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    #2

    Re: request information v. seek an answer.

    In ask a question, "ask" is a synonym for pose. It means "to say a question out loud, directed at another person."
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    Re: request information v. seek an answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In ask a question, "ask" is a synonym for pose. It means "to say a question out loud, directed at another person."
    But what is the difference between 1 and 3 ?

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    #4

    Re: request information v. seek an answer.

    GoesStation has already answered this question.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: request information v. seek an answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In ask a question, "ask" is a synonym for pose. It means "to say a question out loud, directed at another person."
    But from respect of 1, when requesting a question we can say it out load which make 1 the same as 3 then?

    And "ask a question" is just example of 3. The comparing is between "request information" and "seek an answer".

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    Re: request information v. seek an answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    I would like to ask you two different meaning of ask. I cannot see any difference between them? Would you like to explain the difference?

    1) Request information about [enquire, inquire]

    "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times";

    3) Direct or put; seek an answer to
    "ask a question."
    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But from respect of 1, when requesting a question we can say it out load which make 1 the same as 3 then?

    And "ask a question" is just example of 3. The comparing is between "request information" and "seek an answer".
    You can't request a question, you have to ask it. Definition 1 says that you're requesting information about something. Definition 3 says that you are stating something.
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