The word ‘ask‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to open your mouth and say something to get an answer/information. This is usually to request something. ​​​​​

For example:

  • I asked James what he meant by that comment. (get information)
  • Can you ask Tom for the time? (request)


​Ask is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is asked.

phrasal verbs with ask

Phrasal verbs with ‘ask’ include:

  • ask about
    meaning – ask how someone is or ask lots of people a question
    example – People have been asking about you, they want to know if you’re feeling better.
    ask after
    meaning – enquire about how someone is
    example – My dad asked after you today, I lied and told him you were fine.
    ask around
    meaning – ask lots of people or invite someone to your house
    example – I’ll ask around my office and see if anyone has a keyboard you can borrow.
    ask for
    meaning – request something
    example – I asked for mash potato instead of chips with my steak.
    ask in
    meaning – invite someone into your house or a room
    example – Miss Roberts, can you ask them in please?
    ask out
    meaning – invite someone on a date
    example – James asked Sasha out, but she said no in front of the whole class.

picture phrasal verbs with ask

phrasal verbs with ask

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘ask’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with ask - ask about
phrasal verbs with ask - ask after
phrasal verbs with ask - ask around
phrasal verbs with ask - ask for
phrasal verbs with ask - ask in
phrasal verbs with ask - ask out

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with ask below.

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