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    Please help

    Dear Teachers

    Kindly let me know if all following sentenses are grammatically accurate. If not, I would like to know why.

    1) Ask from the Exam Departmet.
    2) Ask the Exam Departmet.
    3) Ask Mr. Jones.
    4) Ask from Mr. Jones.

    Thanking you
    Udara

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    Re: Please help

    Hi udara sankalpa

    1) Ask from the Exam Department.
    2) Ask the Exam Department.
    3) Ask Mr. Jones.
    4) Ask from Mr. Jones.

    The verb ask doesn't take the preposition from; however, it can take of in certain contexts:
    Ex: What are you asking of me to do?


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    Re: Please help

    Dear Soup

    Many thanks for your reply, and that was my understaning also, but I was confused when an IELTS examiner used "Ask from the exam departement".

    By the way, are both below sentences are correc?

    1) What are you asking of me to do?
    2)What are you asking me to do?

    Kind Regards
    Udara

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    Re: Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Dear Soup

    Many thanks for your reply, and that was my understaning also, but I was confused when an IELTS examiner used "Ask from the exam departement".

    By the way, are both below sentences are correc?

    1) What are you asking of me to do?
    2)What are you asking me to do?

    Kind Regards
    Udara
    Maybe you misunderstood, it's very likely that the preposition is 'for', not 'from'.


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    Re: Please help

    Hello there

    I'm positive I heard " ....ask from the exam...".

    Anyway, does it mean that the following sentence is correct?

    -You may always ask for the Exam Department (if you need practice materials).

    And also may I know if the below sentences are incorrect.

    -You may ask of the Exam Department.
    -You may ask the Exam Department.

    Thanks for your contribution.

    Regards
    Udara

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    Re: Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    -You may always ask for the Exam Department (if you need practice materials).
    Hi Udara

    I see it now. It's elliptical:

    • You may ask (for materials) from the Exam Department.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi Udara

    I see it now. It's elliptical:

    • You may ask (for materials) from the Exam Department.
    -You may ask something of the Exam Department.
    -You may ask the Exam Department.

    "ask for", a prepositional verb, is the less formal equivalent of "request". I do not think the omission of the preposition is accepted grammar.

    Also,
    Ask a question (request an answer) from the ED.
    or
    Ask the ED a question.
    Ask. - I do not think the omission of the object is correct grammar.

    Look at this:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    It says the verb is used either transitively or intransitively.
    Among the example sentences, I see no intransitive usage, and I do not think there exists such usage with that meaning of "ask".

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    Re: Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi Udara

    I see it now. It's elliptical:

    • You may ask (for materials) from the Exam Department.
    This is still doubtful.
    If it was heard, it was not a complete grammatical sentence to be emulated. Funny how that happens in speech!
    Impatient professor: You may ask [...er... Get them] from the Exam Department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If it was heard, it was not a complete grammatical sentence ... .

    Impatient professor: You may ask [...er... Get them] from the Exam Department.
    My point as well.

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