Ask Whom?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

It’s natural to translate as you speak when you’re learning a new language but, sometimes, a direct translation is a trap that leads to mistakes in English. Go to home is an example. (It’s go home).

Another possible trap is ask to. In conversation I often hear people say, "I asked to my coworker...", or "I’ll ask to my friend....." No need to ask to, just ask!

I asked my coworker.... I’ll ask my friend. Eliminate to when you talk about asking. (If you have any problems, simply ask me).

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