question vs ask : Common Errors in English

About question vs ask

When you question someone, you may ask a series of questions trying to arrive at the truth: ”The police questioned Tom for five hours before he admitted to having stolen the pig.” “Question” can also mean “challenge”: “His mother questioned Timmy’s claim that the cat had eaten all the chocolate chip cookies.” But if you are simply asking a question to get a bit of information, it is not appropriate to say “I questioned whether he had brought the anchovies” when what you really mean is “I asked whether he had brought the anchovies.”

question Meaning(s)

  • (n) an instance of questioning
  • (n) the subject matter at issue
  • (n) a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
  • (n) uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
  • (n) a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
  • (n) an informal reference to a marriage proposal
  • (v) challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
  • (v) pose a series of questions to
  • (v) pose a question
  • (v) conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
  • (v) place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

ask Meaning(s)

  • (v) inquire about
  • (v) make a request or demand for something to somebody
  • (v) direct or put; seek an answer to
  • (v) consider obligatory; request and expect
  • (v) address a question to and expect an answer from
  • (v) require as useful, just, or proper
  • (v) require or ask for as a price or condition

question in News

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    on June 14, 2013 Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau

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    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Herald Bulletin

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    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Grand Rapids Press

ask in News

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    on June 12, 2013 Source:

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    Today, we'll be talking immigration, Edward Snowden, NSA and about the Senate races in Massachusetts and New Jersey, along with anything else you care to ask about.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Washington Post

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    Have you ever wanted to ask a cop a question but were either intimidated or had warrants? Well now is your chance to ask a question through the safety of the Internet. This week, Officer Anonymous covers security systems and burglary prevention.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: KSL Salt Lake City

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