Phrasal Verb: Ask

Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over phrasal verbs with ask. First, go over the following expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

ask after someone to ask for information about how they are and what they are doing
Sue was asking after you. I told her you were fine.
He asked after my mother. He wanted to know how she was doing.
 

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask around to ask several people for help or information
I asked around to see if anyone knew someone who could rent me a room.
When I needed to buy a new car, I asked around and someone offered me this one.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask for to say that you want something
I asked for the chicken but you have brought me the beef.
I must remember to ask for a receipt so that I can get reimbursed.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask for someone to ask to speak to them.
He asked for Carol but there is no one working here called Carol.
If you need anything, ask for Henry. He’ll be able to help you.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask someone in to invite them into the room or your home.
If someone comes to the door, don’t ask them in.
Sometimes when I’m out in the garden, the neighbors ask me in for a drink.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask someone out to invite them to go somewhere with you.
He asked me out so I expected him to pay for dinner.
We often ask our friends out for a drink in the pub.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask someone over to invite them to come visit you in your home
I’ve asked Diane from across the road over for a cup of coffee later.
He asked me over to see what they had done in the garden.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
couldn’t ask for more Everything is fine, and there is no more that I could want.
Bill: Are you happy? Sue: I couldn’t ask for more.
Waiter: Is everything alright? Bill: Oh, yes, indeed. Couldn’t ask for more.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
doesn’t hurt to ask / never hurts to ask/ no harm in asking a phrase said when one asks a question, even when the answer is likely to be no
John: Can I take some of these papers home with me?
Jane: No, you can’t. You know that.
John: Well, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask for it /
ask for trouble
to risk or invite trouble, danger, punishment, etc., by persisting in some action or manner
He was asking for it with those abusive remarks he shared.
Walking around the streets alone at night was asking for trouble.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Ask after your tutor.
  2. When you travel, do you often ask around to plan your itinerary?
  3. If a genie could grant you a wish, what would you ask for?
  4. When you call home, who do you normally ask for?
  5. Have you ever visited someone who didn’t ask you in?
  6. Who was the last person you asked out? (or who asked you out?)
  7. If you could ask anyone over for a cup of tea, who would you invite?
  8. Are you happy studying English on Cambly? Are you comfortable?
  9. “It never hurts to ask.” Do you agree?
  10. Do you know anyone who is always asking for trouble?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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