Meanings of the verb ‘ask’

Ask is a very common verb in English and as such it has several meanings:

  • To request an answer from someone:

She asked him a question.

They asked them about the new product.

  • To make a request:

She asked the doctor to examine her.

They asked the bank for a loan.

  • To seek information:

We asked local people for directions.

Amanda asked me about the film I watched.

  • To invite:

The Johnsons have asked us to the party.

She asked them in for a coffee.

  • To demand something:

They ask $20.000 for the house.

This job asks for a lot of patience.

  • ASK + question word (what, who, where, when, how, why):

Jane asked me where I spent the weekend.

The guests asked who made the dinner.

Here are some phrasal verbs with the verb ‘ask’:

Phrasal verbs with ASK


Phrasal Verbs with ‘Go’

Here are several mostly used phrasal verbs starting with the verb ‘go’.

GO BY – pass.

She was sitting and watching the people go by.

GO BACK – return.

I’m going back in two weeks.

GO OFF – no longer fresh.

The strawberries have gone off.

GO DOWN – go to a lower position.

He went down on his knees and asked her to marry him.

GO THROUGH – accept officially.

We hope the new recycling law will go through.

GO OUT – go outdoors.

We’re going out for dinner.

GO ON – continue.

Show must go on.

GO FOR – choose.

I’ll go for the cheaper seat.

GO ALONG – support or agree.

Milly has accepted and Rob will probably go along with the idea.



Phrasal Verbs with ‘Take’

Here are ten most frequent phrasal verbs with ‘take’:

Take after – to look or behave similarly as somebody in your family.

I take after my grandma.

My daughter takes after her dad.

Take to – to start doing something regularly, develop a habit.

He took to drinking.

He was too weak, so he took to his bed all day.

Take away – to remove something, make it vanish.

After she sorted out the towels, she took them away.

The medicine took her headache away.

Take up – to develop an interest in something such as hobby or sport.

Simona took up playing the piano but she lost interest after some time.

I am not very good at basketball. I only took it up recently.

Take over – to assume control or responsibility of something.

 The aliens took over our planet.

A new manager took over after Mr. Bradley retired.

Take on – to employ someone.

We’ll take on some new staff this week. Would you send us your CV?

The hotel usually takes on more workers during the season.

Take off – when an airplane leaves airport.

The plain is taking off, would you please fasten your seat belts.

My stomach always reacts when an airplane takes off.

Take in – 1. to reduce something in size.

The tailor took in my trousers after I lost weight.

  1. to visit an interesting place.

We took in a trip around the island. It was marvelous.

Take down – to write down information.

The teacher told us to take down important things he was talking about.

The agent showed us some houses and we took down the details.

Take back – to bring something back to the shop because it is not suitable.

I’ll have to take this shirt back to the shop. It’s too big.

If the shoes don’t fit you, take them back to the shop.