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I wondered who had given her the ring but was afraid to ask.
I asked him his name, but he didn’t answer.
She asked me how I knew about it.
Did you ask about the money?
The police wanted to ask us a few questions.
He ought to ask himself why nobody ever invites him.
If you need any help, just ask.
The children were asking for drinks.
I think we’d better ask your mum’s opinion first.
Can I ask you a favour?
It’s a nice house, but they’re asking over half a million pounds.
It’s asking a lot of teenagers to expect them to see what’s wrong with consumerism.
All I want is five minutes’ peace and quiet: is that asking too much?
We ask guests not to smoke in the hotel.
Then the computer will ask you to restart it.
He asked us to join him.
I asked to see the manager.
The writer has asked not to be named.
The committee has asked that this scheme be stopped for now.
How many people have you asked to the party?
We should ask them for a meal sometime.
The neighbours have asked us over for a drink.
We waited for half an hour before he asked us in.
They asked me to stay the night.
Are you seriously asking me to believe that you knew nothing about this?
‘How was your day at work?’ ‘Don’t ask.’
‘Why did he do that?’ ‘Don’t ask me!’
He arrived over an hour late for the meeting – I ask you!
If you ask me, she doesn’t really want the job.
‘How are we supposed to do this?’ ‘You may well ask!’
This is the British English definition of ask. View American English definition of ask.
a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …add a word
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