English Lesson: Verb + Preposition (Argue & Ask)

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English lesson Verb + Preposition Argue & Ask

Someone asked me about living in New York. Even though they didn’t ask for something specific, I hve this story to share. I was I was on the subway today. Someone suddenly started arguing with a young guy who was standing there. I am not sure what they were arguing about, but they seemed to know each other. Luckily, they stopped before it got heavy, but it made for an ugly ride.

Today, let’s have another look at the verb + preposition combination. Some verbs are always followed by a certain preposition, and this can get confusing. Today we will look at “argue” and “ask”

Argue can be followed by about and/or with:

Use argue about followed by the topic being discussed:

  • They argued about the politics all day.
  • Jenny and her husband argue about money all the time.

Use argue with followed by the person:

  • Joe argued with his brother today.
  • Jenny often argues with her husband.

You can also use about & with in the same sentence:

  • Joe argued with his brother about politics today.
  • Jenny often argues with her husband about money.

Ask can be followed by about or for. You can also use the person being asked as a direct object:

Use ask about followed by the topic being discussed:

  • The student asked about his grade
  • The student asked the teacher about his grade
  • Jack always asks about you.
  • Jack always asks me about you.

Use ask about followed by something intangible, a person’s condition, or an object of discussion:

  • The student asked about his grade
  • The student asked the teacher about his grade
  • Jack always asks about you.
  • Jack always asks me about you.

Use ask for followed by a tangible object or a person (to see or speak to):

  • The student asked for a pen
  • The student asked the teacher for a pen
  • Jack asked for you when he came to the house. We generally don’t use the direct object with ask for + a person.

Someone asked me to cover this topic here on the blog. If you have a question, feel free to ask me!

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