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ask
American English: /æsk/
British English: /ɑːsk/

Translation of ask in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (inquire)
    (inquire of) preguntarle a
    ask why
    pregunta por qué
    ask your mother
    pregúntale a tu madre
    to ask a question
    hacer una pregunta
    to ask somebody something
    preguntarle algo a alguien
    ask Pete how much we owe him
    pregúntale a Pete cuánto le debemos
    I asked him the time
    le pregunté la hora
    I asked him his name
    le pregunté cómo se llamaba
    I asked him what had happened
    le pregunté qué había pasado
    she asked if a letter for her had arrived
    preguntó si había llegado una carta para ella
    ask her whether she's a vegetarian
    pregúntale si es vegetariana
    she asked me how to do it
    me preguntó cómo se hacía
    don't askme! [colloquial]
    ¡yo qué sé! [colloquial]
    ask me another! [colloquial]
    ¡ni idea! [colloquial]
    honestly, I ask you! [colloquial]
    ¿no te parece increíble?
    I often ask myself …
    muchas veces me pregunto …
    ask yourself this: would you have done the same?
    tú hazte la siguiente pregunta: ¿yo habría hecho lo mismo?
    to ask somebody about something/somebody/-inghave you asked him about his trip/his mother?
    ¿le has preguntado por el viaje/por su madre?
    ask her about doing overtime
    pregúntale si sería posible hacer horas extras
    Example sentences
    • I fight the urge to ask after the health of his son.
    • He asked after my parents and enquired into the wellbeing of my wife and kids.
    • Since then there has been a deafening silence from punters - we've received three emails asking after Dan's health, including one from a creditor.
  • 2 (request)
    (approval/advice)
    pedir
    may I ask a favor?
    ¿te puedo pedir un favor?
    nobody asked your opinion
    nadie te ha pedido tu opinión
    all I ask is to be left alone
    lo único que pido es que me dejen en paz
    what more can you ask?
    ¿qué más se puede pedir?
    is that asking too much?
    ¿es mucho pedir?
    to ask somebody for something
    pedirle algo a alguien
    she asked them for forgiveness
    les pidió perdón
    ask Mary for her ruler
    pídele la regla a Mary
    he's had it for ages, I'm going to ask him for it back
    lo tiene desde hace siglos, le voy a pedir que me lo devuelva
    to ask something of somebodyshe asks too much of her students
    les exige demasiado a sus alumnos
    to ask somebody to + infinitive
    pedirle a alguien que + subjunctive
    they asked me to help out
    me pidieron que les diera una mano
    he'll do it for you if you ask him to
    te lo hará si se lo pides
    I must ask you to leave
    haga el favor de irse
    you're asking me to believe that?
    no pretenderás que me lo crea ¿no?
    I asked her to dance
    la saqué a bailar
    do you realise what you're asking me to do?
    ¿tú sabes lo que me estás pidiendo?
    to ask to + infinitiveshe asked to have the day off
    (se) pidió el día libre
    I asked to see the manager
    pedí hablar con el director
    she asked to be remembered to your mother
    me ( or nos etc) dio saludos or recuerdos para tu madre
    he's asking to be slapped
    se está buscando una bofetada
    to ask that + infinitive
    pedir que + subjunctive
    she asked that the money be given to charity
    pidió que el dinero se entregara a una obra benéfica
    Example sentences
    • There must also be serious questions asked about the handling of this situation by the administrators.
    • My question actually asked whether this would be a better course of action.
    • It was a simple question that asked whether Parliament should have another look at these laws.
    Example sentences
    • If you're asking users to register for a newsletter, ask for only an email address.
    • He wasn't asked to plea during his appearance today and did not ask for bail.
    • Is it too much to ask for to have at least one popular or semi-popular boy ask me to one of the dances or even out for pizza.
  • 3 (invite) to ask somebody (to something)
    invitar a alguien (a algo)
    they asked me to their wedding
    me invitaron a su boda
    we'll ask them to dinner
    los invitaremos a cenar
    ask him along
    invítalo or dile que venga
    ask them in
    diles que pasen
    haven't you asked her out yet?
    ¿todavía no la has invitado a salir?
    ¿todavía no le has dicho de salir?
    he asked me out to dinner
    me invitó a salir a cenar
    we asked them over for tea
    los invitamos a que vinieran a tomar el té
    she asked me up for a cup of coffee
    me invitó a que subiera a tomar un café
  • 4 (demand)
    (price)
    pedir
    to ask something for something
    pedir algo por algo
    how much is he asking for the car?
    ¿cuánto pide por el coche?
    the house sold for £1,000 below the asking price
    la casa se vendió por 1.000 libras menos de lo que pedían
    Example sentences
    • It is asking a lot to expect him to do well this year in Paris but, provided he stays fit and avoids the pressure cooker of national expectation, he will be back.
    • It is also asking a lot to expect players to repeat such a performance within days in a European competition.
    • It's far more demanding and you are asking a lot of part-time players to make that step up.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (inquire) how are things? — don't ask! [colloquial] [humorous]
    ¿qué tal? — ¡mejor ni hablar!
    what's he been up to? — you may well ask!
    ¿en qué anda? — ¡buena pregunta!
    to ask about something/somebody/-inghe asked about your health/you
    preguntó por tu salud/por ti
    we asked about selling the house
    estuvimos preguntando por lo de vender la casa
    ask away
    pregunta lo que quieras
    pregunta nomás (Latin America)
  • 2 (request) it's yours for the asking
    está a tu disposición
    there's no harm in asking to ask for somethingI asked for his phone number
    le pedí el número de teléfono
    when I want your advice, I'll ask for it!
    cuando quiera consejos, ya te los pediré
    that guy's asking for a punch in the face
    ese se está buscando que le dé un puñetazo
    he asked for it [colloquial]
    se lo buscó [colloquial]
    to ask for somebody
    preguntar por alguien
    Steve's asking for you
    Steve pregunta por ti

Phrasal verbs

ask after

verb + preposition + object
preguntar por
he asked after you
preguntó por ti
he asked after your health
preguntó por tí
se interesó por tu salud

ask around

1verb + adverb (make inquiries) I don't have one, but I'll ask around
yo no tengo, pero preguntaré por ahí or preguntaré a ver si alguien tiene uno
2verb + object + adverb (invite) I asked them around for a meal
los invité a comer

ask back

verb + object + adverb
1 (invite home)
invitar a casa
I asked her back for a coffee
la invité a casa a tomar un café
2 (invite again)
volver a invitar
3 (reciprocate invitation)
devolverle la invitación a

ask round

ask around 2

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