Phrasal verbs are very common in everyday informal English and if you’re not familiar with them, you won’t be able to understand native speakers. In today’s lesson, I’ll try to explain the meanings of 6 phrasal verbs with “ask”:
If you ask for something, then you want someone to give you something or do something for you.
- Bob asked for one more day off because his flight was cancelled.
- I think you should ask for legal advice about that matter.
ASK AFTER SOMEBODY
People usually ask about someone’s health or simply ask how someone is when they ask after somebody.
- Milly asked after your dad when she heard he’d been ill.
- I’ve got an email from Sarah. She asked after you.
ASK ABOUT SOMEBODY
Ask about somebody has a similar meaning as ask after somebody.
- The biology teacher asked about you the other day.
- Will you please tell Ryan that I asked about him.
Ask around means to ask different people in order to get information.
- They asked around until someone showed them the way.
- When he lost his dog, Peter asked around about it and even offered a reward for it.
ASK SOMEBODY IN
Ask somebody in means to invite somebody to enter your home, office, etc.
- Sheila asked David in for a coffee.
- Don’t let your friends stand outside, ask them in!
ASK SOMEBODY OUT
If you like someone and want to go on a date with him/her, you can ask them out.
- I want to ask Jane out. What do you think?
- When your mother and I were young, I asked her out on a date and took her to the cinema.
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