B1[I or T]to put a question to someone, or to request an answer from someone: [+ two objects]She asked me a question.Can I ask you a favour?/formal Can I ask a favour of you?She asked a question about Welsh history.She asked me about Welsh history.She asked about Welsh history.[+ question word]I've no idea what time the train leaves. Ask the guard whether he knows.I asked the guard the time of the train's departure.I asked when the train would leave.[+ speech]"What time does the train leave?" I asked.If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask.You should ask (your accountant) for some financial advice.[+ to infinitive]You should ask your accountant to give you some financial advice.I asked to see my accountant.I'd like to ask your advice/opinion on a financial matter.You have to ask permission to leave.[+ that]formalThe solicitor asked that her client be allowed to make a phone call.formalWe ask that any faulty goods be returned in their original packaging.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioningask yourselfsthC2to consider something carefully: She needs to ask herself why nobody seems to like her.