Common Errors in English: Ask + Prepositions

Don’t say: “I asked to my boss…”

Say: “I asked my boss…”

Never use a preposition between “ask” and the person you are asking.

When you want an object, you can use ask for + object:

  • I asked for a hamburger.
  • I asked my boss for a raise.

When you want general information, you can use ask about:

  • I asked about her family.
  • She asked me about my job.

When you want specific information, you can use ask + (question word):

  • I asked how much the camera cost.
  • Let’s ask what time the theater opens.
  • One moment – I’m on the phone asking my brother where we can park the car.

When you want somebody to do something, you can use ask (someone) to:

  • I asked him to turn off the lights.
  • Martha asked me not to use her computer.
  • We’re going to ask the teacher to help us.

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