So you have to ask, how in the world did he allow himself to get into such a money mess?
The way to think about this new Facebook messaging service is not to ask yourself "Would I use it?"
I ask myself if these people thought about what they were doing.
In fact, ask any battalion leader and they will tell you that the point man is vital to a mission.
It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars!
I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment.
There all alone, and compliments apart, I ask these sober questions of my heart.
And then, in the face of that, you ask me if her life is of such consequence to me?
The others had also seen, and there was no need to ask the question.
Just pass it over lightly if they ask you anything about it.
Old English ascian "ask, call for an answer; make a request," from earlier ahsian, from Proto-Germanic *aiskojan (cf. Old Saxon escon, Old Frisian askia "request, demand, ask," Middle Dutch eiscen, Dutch eisen "to ask, demand," Old High German eiscon "to ask (a question)," German heischen "to ask, demand"), from PIE *ais- "to wish, desire" (cf. Sanskrit icchati "seeks, desires," Armenian aic "investigation," Old Church Slavonic iskati "to seek," Lithuanian ieškau "to seek").
Form in English influenced by a Scandinavian form of the word (cf. Danish æske; the Old English would have evolved by normal sound changes into ash, esh, which was a Midlands and s.w. England dialect form). Modern dialectal ax is as old as Old English acsian and was an accepted literary variant until c.1600. Related: Asked; asking. Old English also had fregnan/frignan which carried more directly the sense of "question, inquire," and is from PIE root *prek-, the common source of words for "ask" in most Indo-European languages (see pray). If you ask me "in my opinion" is attested from 1910. Asking price is attested from 1755.