Phrasal Verbs with 'Ask'

Ask about

Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health

Example: He ASKED ABOUT my father.

Ask after

Enquire about someone's health, how life is going

Example: Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine.

Ask around

Ask a number of people for information of help

Example: I have no idea, but I'll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help.

Ask around

Invite someone

Example: We ASKED them AROUND for dinner.

Ask for

To provoke a negative reaction

Example: You're ASKING FOR trouble.

Ask for

Request to have or be given

Example: I ASKED FOR the menu.

Ask in

To invite somebody into your house

Example: 'Jon's at the door.' 'ASK him IN.'

Ask out

To invite someone for a date

Example: He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too shy.

Ask over


Example: They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday.

Ask round

Invite someone

Example: We ASKED John ROUND for diner.