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ask

[ɑːsk]

  1. TRANSITIVE VERB

    1. (=inquire) preguntar

    2. (=request) pedir

      permission

    3. (=invite) invitar

  2. INTRANSITIVE VERB

    1. (=inquire) preguntar

    2. (=make request) pedir

      ASK

      ► Translate ask by preguntar only in contexts where information is being sought:

      I'll ask him Voy a preguntárselo

      Ask her what she thinks Pregúntale qué le parece

      We asked everywhere Preguntamos en todas partes

      ► Use pedir when ask means "request" or "demand":

      No one asked to see my passport Nadie me pidió el pasaporte

      We asked them to be here before five Les pedimos que estuviesen or estuvieran aquí antes de las cinco

      He was asked to explain his behaviour Le pidieron que explicara su comportamiento

      NOTE: Pedir que is followed by the subjunctive.

      For further uses and examples, see ask, ask about, ask for etc

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