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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

Let's practice "ASK" collocations

takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
Here's a list of expressions with ASK

◾Ask a favour
◾Ask a question
◾Ask about
◾Ask after somebody
◾Ask for advice
◾Ask for directions
◾Ask for something
◾Ask permission
◾Ask somebody out
◾Ask if/ whether

Try to make a sentence using one of these.

Comments

  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Paulette
    Welcome to the thread. Write your sentences using ask related expressions, preferably from the list above, but of course you can use any phrase as long as it includes “ask”.

    Have fun!
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    A dialogue between two people.

    “Who does he wants to see?”
    “He said he’s asking for Mike.”
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,854 mod
    Do you mean such exercise @takafromtokyo
    A conversation on the phone:

    Can I ask you a favour Taka?
    I need advice about the spontaneous behavior of my dog.
    My question is: What do you do to avoid your dog jumps in the water?
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Paulette
    Haha!
    Well, thanks for joining me with this phrase exercise, Paulette.

    On your question, your dog likes to jump into water. Is there any certain conditions you noticed as to when he/she likes to jump in and he/she doesn’t?

    One thing you might want to try is to show him/her treats when he/she tries to jump in. The moment you notice your dog getting ready to jump, you take out something your dog likes to eat from your pocket. That will stop your dog from actually jumping in.

    Other than that, you should call a dog trainer and ask for advice.

    @Dora
    Want to join us?

    Invite other people, too. We can have fun together!
    ♪゚+。:.(*^ω^*)从(*^∀^*).:。+゚♪
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Paulette @Dora
    When I woke up early this morning, my youngest daughter was at the table in the living room. I could see she was studying, preparing for a test today. So I asked her if she stayed up all night, and she said she did. I asked her if she wanted me to get her lunch box ready, and she said please, so I made her the lunch box. ♪(´ε` )

    Somehow, it made me happy.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,854 mod
    @takafromtokyo do you know, you are a very solicitous dad.
    What did you make for the lunch box of your daughter?

    Do you want to wish her a good exam?
  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    edited August 2019
    I just wanted to ask if you could ask her a favour to ask after myself. If yes, also ask for her advice to overcome stress. Huh - Did it. :joy:
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    edited August 2019

    .... see she was studying, preparing for a test today. So I asked her if she stayed up all night, and she said she did. I asked her if she wanted me to get her lunch box ready, and she said please, ...

    Aww. Can I ask for a favour? Say hello to your daughter or maybe a high five! :smiley:
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    edited August 2019
    Guys,

    @Teach, @kindgnice, @ech0pandit, @dimasago and @filauzio.

    I have a question to ask. How are you all doing? Come on, join in here! :joy:
    Post edited by Dora on
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • dimasagodimasago Posts: 478 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi @Dora, I'm fine thanks. In this moment I'm working, And You? How about you?
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,854 mod
    What time is it at the moment in your country guys? Here it is 3pm
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Paulette
    Nothing much special for my daughter’s lunch box, Paulette. I boiled some okra, put some small tomatoes and rolled hams. I microwaved some freezed precooked stuff and put them in the box too.
  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    dimasago said:

    Hi @Dora, I'm fine thanks. In this moment I'm working, And You? How about you?

    Aha. Do you know all work and no play can make you dull? Well, @dimasago, at that moment I think I was busy doing nothing. But today, I'm organising a session so working on it. And yeah - I'm doing great! Thank you. :smiley:
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Dora
    Thanks for asking people to join here, @Dora. More people is better and more fun to practice English!
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Teach, @kindgnice, @ech0pandit, @dimasago @filauzio @Dora @Paulette .

    If you ask after someone, you want to know whether that someone is doing well, or what they are doing, or anything like that.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Paulette
    It’s about eight thirty in the evening in Tokyo now. I’m walking home from the nearest train station.

    May I ask you a question?
    What did you have for supper last night?
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    When I came home from work, my wife was taking a rest in the living room.

    My wife: Can I ask you a favor?
    Me: Yeah, what?
    My wife: Will you change the batteries in the clock on the wall? They are dead.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    Here are some adverbs that can go with “ask”. Let’s look at how the sentence changes its meaning when you change the adverb.

    “How do you feel?”, she asked.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked softly/gently.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked happily/merrily.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked angrily/indulgently.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked politely.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked casually.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked innocently.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked quickly.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked sarcastically.
    “How do you feel?”, she asked anxiously.

    Adverbs are interesting, and fun to use. Let’s try using them!!
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,854 mod
    @takafromtokyo You have working very attentive the whole day and two people ask you how your day was:

    How do you feel after such a day of working my dear?
    or
    How do you feel after the whole day sitting after your desk?

    Which two adverbs do you think are here applicable?
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hi @takafromtokyo, thank you for your interesting explanations: I have a doubt I want to submit to you: is the form ' may I ask a question ? ' too formal and possibly outdated way to go ?
    Since English keep constantly renovating itself, I'm afraid I could result a bit ridiculous still using it, am I wrong ?
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge
    Paulette wrote
    @takafromtokyo You have working very attentive the whole day and two people ask you how your day was:

    How do you feel after such a day of working my dear?
    or
    How do you feel after the whole day sitting after your desk?

    Which two adverbs do you think are here applicable?

    I'm not sure what phrases people would commonly use to ask someone about their feelings after a hard working day. Could you help us out?

    @Paulette
    Good question. I wasn't sure either, so I passed your question to @mheredge.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @filauzio
    Hey! Long time no see! Super happy to talk to you again.

    "May I ask you a question?"
    I agree with you that this phrase is in fact formal, and I don't think many people get into a situation to use actully use it. They would just start asking in most cases. But I believe people still use this set phrase in classrooms, conferences, or business meetings?

    I haven't lived in the US for more than thirty five years now, so I have no idea what phrases people are using in their daily lives. I think we should ask people who are currently living there.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    On my way home, my wife asked me if I could take the dog out for a walk.
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My pleasure to talk again to you @Takafromtokyo: I agree that, nowadays, we all are constantly in such a hurry that by going ' may I ask.. ' your interlocutors get most likely fed up with you, even before you start mumbling the next tentative word. :)
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    'That's a big ask' might be something a person might say if they have been asked a big favour. It is more American English as I don't think it's used so much in Britain.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge
    Thanks for the new example of “ask”. I happy to learn this.
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