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1) I asked Paul a question.

2) I asked a question of Paul.

3) I asked a question to Paul.

4) I asked a question for Paul.
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Hi ESY

Is the word "as" a typo in your first sentence?

Which of the sentences do you think is/are incorrect?
i guess the 2nd n 4th ..
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It's was typo, now it's corrected.

I'd say 2 and 4. What about you?
In my opinion, only the first one is correct.

I don't know if the others are, I just find them quite awkward.
3 and 4 are both absolutely incorrect.

1 is the most natural and common.

2 can be used in some circumstances.
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In which circumstances can no. 2 be used?
Hi guys,
1) I asked Paul a question. The most common form.
2) I asked a question of Paul. Same as #1, but fancier, more literary.

3) I asked a question to Paul. Not standard.

4) I asked a question for Paul. Sounds like 'I asked a question on behalf of Paul', eg because Paul was sick and couldn't come to the meeting to ask the question himself'.

Best wishes, Clive
Alright. Thanks, Clive. I've always thought the verb ASK followed the same pattern as the verb GIVE (to give sb sth, or to give sth to sb).

I see you are a fan of tango. I'm Argentinian myself, though I'm not that much into tango.
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