I didn't ask about his family tree.
I didn't ask him that.
You must ask him about every small thing?
I just wanted to ask you a question.
You can ask that?
Oh, I was going to ask you.
"Your excellency," said Rostov, "may I ask a favor?"
It was like Mom not to ask for help.
It was a question she'd have to ask Cade.
I was too excited to notice anything, too frightened to ask questions.
I've got to ask a question; are we from the same planet?
I didn't ask that.
He began to ask about his enemies who had been hunting him.
I just wanted to ask him something.
I'll ask him for the phone number.
There was no need to ask who.
That's when I decided to ask you to marry me.
I only ask that you do as much good for as many people for as long as you can.
I never instructed him to ask you anything.
Did he ask you out?
Lydian time, they were to ask their respective oracle a question: "What is King Croesus doing right now?"
Those are passages of which one would ask for more.
If Alex needed help, he wouldn't ask her for it.
Did it ever occur to you to ask what I thought about this?
I just know I'll burst into tears or not know how to answer if they ask questions.
If you were trying to ask me to marry you, why did you act that way after we...
She wanted to ask him how long he would stay at the ranch, but she couldn't think of a way to word the question that didn't sound insensitive.
Some argue, Be careful what you ask for.
Why would she hide him from me all this time and suddenly ask for a fortune?
Allen came here to ask me questions about you.
Ask him to let you see it.
"Mr. Jefferson," he said, "I have come to ask your pardon.
I will ask her tomorrow in your presence; if she is willing, then he can stay on.
I tried to ask you more than once, but someone was always interrupting and throwing a new kink in my plans.
Just because he doesn't ask for or want your help, doesn't mean he doesn't need it.
People gathered around them to ask questions.
He's always been secretive, and whenever I ask him, he just tells me it's something I don't want to be involved in.
We'd have to pay seven rubles a cartload to Dorogobuzh and I tell them they're not Christians to ask it!
I told him he wouldn't be involved and I'd only ask general questions but he's adamant.
Besides, he had no time to ask himself whether these people were sincere or not.
At times, it may be best to just enjoy the meal and not ask too many questions.
I don't know why she didn't ask for it before - or why she didn't tell me about the baby.
She lifted her head to ask him why Allen was asking questions about Yancey.
Ask Len to go with you.
She wanted to ask him to slow down, but she was already holding him back.
"That is not a fair question to ask us," declared another dragonette.
What would happen, I ask many and many a time.
"Allow me to ask," he said, "are you a Mason?"
Prince Vasili had brought his son with the evident intention of proposing, and today or tomorrow he would probably ask for an answer.
Ask people in what way they hope the world will become better and you will certainly get replies about reducing poverty, disease, and hunger.
"How can you ask why?" said Princess Mary.
All right, I'll ask for a break.
I ask the reader to resist the urge to pigeonhole me until the end of the section.
And if anybody asks you, or if you ask yourself what God is, answer, "God is Love."
I don't know, why don't you ask him?
I told her to ask her father, and she said, "No--mother."
If I were not myself, but the handsomest, cleverest, and best man in the world, and were free, I would this moment ask on my knees for your hand and your love!
Princess Mary saw Dessalles' embarrassed and astonished look fixed on her father, noticed his silence, and was struck by the fact that her father had forgotten his son's letter on the drawing-room table; but she was not only afraid to speak of it and ask Dessalles the reason of his confusion and silence, but was afraid even to think about it.
It may be vain to ask why the imagination will not be reconciled to flesh and fat.
On the contrary, I ask you to go with all your belongings to our estate near Moscow, and I promise you I will see to it that there you shall want for nothing.
Today while she was in town, she'd ask Connie if she knew what it was.
Should she ask him about putting them up?
Let me ask you something else, Miss Reagan.
And I ask you!
You can get to know something, you can ask for something.
He did ask if she could talk.
Look; I won't ask you how; I don't think I want to know.
To ask Brennan directly might lead to us so I made up a story we were checking old cases to see if someone released from prison might have returned to this type of crime.
"We didn't ask to come down here; we fell," said Dorothy.
"You can ask Dorothy," said the little man, in an injured tone.
Occasionally Howard would ask her questions, but mostly he and Connie handled the plans by themselves.
She hesitated, wanting to find a way home, but not wanting to ask any more favors of him.
I hate to ask you for another favor, but I wonder if I could pay you to drive me home.
Here, why don't you sit down on this chair while I look you over and ask a few questions.
I am glad also to know, from the questions which you ask me, what you are thinking about.
If you do come, you will want to ask the kind people of Boston to help brighten Tommy's whole life.
Teacher said yesterday, that perhaps Mrs. Spaulding would be willing to let us have her beautiful house, and [I] thought I would ask you about it.
I will ask Dr. Hale to lend me the letter, so that I can make a copy of it for you.
Indeed, I feel as if I had never seen anything until now, Helen finds so much to ask about along the way.
If it was natural for Helen to ask such questions, it was my duty to answer them.
I HAVE TRIED FROM THE BEGINNING TO TALK NATURALLY TO HELEN AND TO TEACH HER TO TELL ME ONLY THINGS THAT INTEREST HER AND ASK QUESTIONS ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF FINDING OUT WHAT SHE WANTS TO KNOW.
One of the ministers wished me to ask Helen, "What do ministers do?"
When she referred to our conversation again, it was to ask, "Why did not Jesus go away, so that His enemies could not find Him?"
New experiences and events call forth new ideas and stir men to ask questions unthought of before, and seek a definite answer in the depths of human knowledge.
I have long wanted to ask you, Andrew, why you have changed so to me?
Ask her in," she said to the footman in a sad voice, as if saying: "Very well, finish me off."
They ask him to dinner.
Ask the count to come to me.
From time to time he went out to ask: "Hasn't she come yet?"
"You won't ask," Natasha's little brother was saying; "I know you won't ask!"
Mamma told me to ask you to join the dancers.
"Perhaps the count did not ask for me," said Pierre when he reached the landing.
I myself will go and ask him, I!... does that satisfy you?
"I also wanted to ask you," continued Prince Andrew, "if I'm killed and if I have a son, do not let him be taken away from you--as I said yesterday... let him grow up with you....
"One thing I ask of your excellency," Dolokhov said in his firm, ringing, deliberate voice.
I ask an opportunity to atone for my fault and prove my devotion to His Majesty the Emperor and to Russia!
I only came round to ask Denisov about yesterday's order.
Ask Denisov whether it is not out of the question for a cadet to demand satisfaction of his regimental commander?
"It is now my turn to ask you 'why?' mon cher," said Bolkonski.
That is what I ask you.
I was going to ask you.
If he is not rich I will give her the means; I will ask my father and Andrew.
Boris inquired what news there might be on the staff, and what, without indiscretion, one might ask about our plans.
Berg took the opportunity to ask, with great politeness, whether, as was rumored, the allowance of forage money to captains of companies would be doubled.
I only wanted to ask because I fear the Guards won't be in action, he added as if in apology.
He would say a lot of pleasant things, ask you to dinner" ("That would not be bad as regards the unwritten code," thought Boris), "but nothing more would come of it.
If he weren't afraid of a battle why did he ask for that interview?
I'll ask leave to go to the front, this may be my only chance of seeing the Emperor.
I'll take another turn and when I get back I'll go to the general and ask him.
May I ask to be attached to the first squadron?
On the day of battle the soldiers excitedly try to get beyond the interests of their regiment, they listen intently, look about, and eagerly ask concerning what is going on around them.
Prince Andrew, who was a little behind looking at them, turned to an adjutant to ask him for a field glass.
They hardly gave one another time to ask questions and give replies concerning a thousand little matters which could not interest anyone but themselves.
"That's it, that's it!" exclaimed the count, and gaily seizing his son by both hands, he cried, "Now I've got you, so take the sleigh and pair at once, and go to Bezukhov's, and tell him 'Count Ilya has sent you to ask for strawberries and fresh pineapples.'
But just at moments when such thoughts occurred to him, he would ask in a particularly calm and absent-minded way, which inspired the respect of the onlookers, Will it be long?
She did not venture to ask any questions, and shut the door again, now sitting down in her easy chair, now taking her prayer book, now kneeling before the icon stand.
The old prince, stepping on his heels, paced up and down his study and sent Tikhon to ask Mary Bogdanovna what news.--"Say only that 'the prince told me to ask,' and come and tell me her answer."
To say "tomorrow" and keep up a dignified tone was not difficult, but to go home alone, see his sisters, brother, mother, and father, confess and ask for money he had no right to after giving his word of honor, was terrible.
I come to ask you what to do, and you call it 'nonsense!'
"I make bold to ask your excellency to move a little for this gentleman," said the postmaster, entering the room followed by another traveler, also detained for lack of horses.
Look then at thy inner self with the eyes of the spirit, and ask thyself whether thou art content with thyself.
"And now, in token of candor, I ask you to reveal to me your chief passion," said the latter.
Prince, I did not ask you here.
Twice the marauders even attack our headquarters, and the commander-in-chief has to ask for a battalion to disperse them.
"Ask him to wait," and the sound was heard of a chair being pushed back.
"Let me ask her," said Pierre.
He did not ask about the regiment, nor about the general state of affairs, and when Rostov spoke of these matters did not listen.
"The auditor wrote out a petition for you," continued Tushin, "and you ought to sign it and ask this gentleman to take it.
Boris doesn't want to help me and I don't want to ask him.
"Sire, I ask your permission to present the Legion of Honor to the bravest of your soldiers," said a sharp, precise voice, articulating every letter.
Just the same as now--I ask you, Count--who will be heads of the departments when everybody has to pass examinations?
She was not concerned about the Emperor or any of those great people whom Peronskaya was pointing out--she had but one thought: Is it possible no one will ask me, that I shall not be among the first to dance?
I wished to ask the countess and you to do me the honor of coming to tea and to supper.
But don't be late, Count, if I may venture to ask; about ten minutes to eight, please.
For heaven's sake don't ask me anything now!
"I have come, Countess, to ask for your daughter's hand," said Prince Andrew.
Yes, but what did he ask me?
Sometimes the old count would come up, kiss Prince Andrew, and ask his advice about Petya's education or Nicholas' service.
Or, turning to Mademoiselle Bourienne, he would ask her in Princess Mary's presence how she liked our village priests and icons and would joke about them.
You ask whether we shall spend next winter in Moscow.
Why do you ask me that? said Princess Mary, still thinking of that morning's conversation with her father.
"I will tell my sister to ask her to dinner," said Anatole.
Princess Mary went on to ask Natasha to fix a time when she could see her again.
Why doesn't he openly ask for your hand?
Only a couple of times a year--when he knew from their valets that they had money in hand--he would turn up of a morning quite sober and with a deep bow would ask them to help him.
Go to Matrena Matrevna and ask her for the sable cloak.
"I take them back, I take them back!" said Pierre, "and I ask you to forgive me."
She did not understand how he could ask such a question.
"And where is your brother-in-law now, if I may ask?" he said.
Prince Andrew interrupted him and cried sharply: Yes, ask her hand again, be magnanimous, and so on?...
Why ask me? said he.
His coachman did not even ask whether he was to wait.
But why do you ask me?
"I think that before discussing these questions," Pierre continued, "we should ask the Emperor--most respectfully ask His Majesty--to let us know the number of our troops and the position in which our army and our forces now are, and then..."
The princess ordered me to ask your regiment and your name.
I ask just one thing of you, cousin," she went on, "arrange for me to be taken to Petersburg.
Ah, I also wanted to ask you where our position is exactly? said Pierre.
"I must ask someone who knows," he thought, and addressed an officer who was looking with curiosity at his huge unmilitary figure.
"May I ask you," said Pierre, "what village that is in front?"
"Ask them," replied Prince Andrew, indicating the officers.
Pierre was about to ask, but seeing the stern expression of the adjutant who was also looking that way, he checked himself.
Though this news was being concealed from the inhabitants, the officials--the heads of the various government departments--knew that Moscow would soon be in the enemy's hands, just as Count Rostopchin himself knew it, and to escape personal responsibility they had all come to the governor to ask how they were to deal with their various departments.
"The count had a sty," replied the adjutant smiling, "and was very much upset when I told him people had come to ask what was the matter with him.
"That is for me to know, but not for you to ask," shouted Rostopchin.
"Here is our commanding officer... ask him," and he pointed to a stout major who was walking back along the street past the row of carts.
Even if we put them into the wing, the men's room, or the nurse's room, we must ask permission.
The count was not angry even when they told him that Natasha had countermanded an order of his, and the servants now came to her to ask whether a cart was sufficiently loaded, and whether it might be corded up.
We must ask the doctor.
Countess dear... an officer came to me to ask for a few carts for the wounded.
The topic on Sesame Street was professions, which was the perfect opportunity for Lisa to ask her what Giddon did to earn a living.
He keeps saying we're harassing his client if we even ask questions.
That's not something I can ask my mother, for god's sake!
Perhaps I'll call on this gentleman and ask him as I dally in Ohio.
So the governor sent a messenger to Delphi to ask the oracle what should be done with the tripod.
The reason for this is what I call "The You Don't Know What to Ask Problem."
You could ask it, "What is the number of presidents of the United States born on Friday who have older sisters, multiplied by the number of wars lost by Bolivia?" and it could instantly give you an answer.
A day later, the system will ask, "Hey, what did you think of Tommaso's?"
Or perhaps the system won't ask you.
Then you ask the computer for any other statistical anomalies between these two populations.
We will see how this might come to pass—but first, let's ask whether it must.
It was a way for that generation to ask, Why is there war?
As we approached the end of the flawless narrative, one of us would invariably ask sardonically (but never sarcastically), "What could possibly go wrong?"
I tell everybody the time when they ask me.
As she continued to ask these distressing questions, we left the cemetery.
Children ask profound questions, but they often receive shallow answers, or, to speak more correctly, they are quieted by such answers.
Prince Vasili knew this, and having once realized that if he asked on behalf of all who begged of him, he would soon be unable to ask for himself, he became chary of using his influence.
"I should like," said the vicomte, "to ask how monsieur explains the 18th Brumaire; was not that an imposture?
In another four years... then I will ask for your hand.
Ask her, he said.
She gave it to him and, unpleasant as it was to her to do so, ventured to ask him what her father was doing.
It would do no good to ask him why.
No wonder he didn't ask her to leave.
Still, there was one question she couldn't ask the townspeople.
She sipped her coffee reflectively and finally found the courage ask him a question that had been nagging her since his offer.
Don't bother to ask questions because you won't get many answers.
Same old, same old, if you ask me.
If you ask me to keep it off the record, I will.
Ask a few questions; I'll see if there are any I can answer.
"Yes, let us ask the governor," said the merchant.
I did not ask the American Medical Association their opinion of this arrangement.
The house will need scheduled maintenance but will remember when and will ask you for permission.
If you ask it to run your bath, it knows you like the water at 104 degrees.
I know a woodchopper, of middle age, who takes a French paper, not for news as he says, for he is above that, but to "keep himself in practice," he being a Canadian by birth; and when I ask him what he considers the best thing he can do in this world, he says, beside this, to keep up and add to his English.
I lift it, but ask myself: could I have abstained from lifting my arm at the moment that has already passed?
You ask too many questions.
Oh, I forgot to ask.
He didn't say and I didn't ask.
Even as the idea occurred that she would rather have this room, she knew she couldn't ask.
This might be a good time to ask.
Whether that was a good or bad thing she couldn't guess, and she didn't have time to ask.
No, and I've never really cheated on Quinn, so don't bother to ask.
Why do you ask?
What makes you ask?
I didn't even bother to ask.
While she didn't ask directly, I sensed she hoped I'd talk to him.
I wouldn't ask but I think it's in your best interest to do so.
I can't help you through the authorities; they'll ask me why I'm inquiring and I don't have an answer.
Howie would never ask Quinn himself; as always seeking one of us as a go-between.
Don't ask for opinions; just do what you feel is best.
I'd planned to ask Quinn and Martha to come in so I could tell them what I'd learned but the more I considered it, I decided a phone call was sufficient.
You'll have to ask him when you get there.
In a few moments I heard a gruff male voice ask, "Is this the swami?"
Either they forgot to ask or didn't bother.
I was anxious to hear about the meeting between the two women but I didn't want to ask in front of the child.
It can't hurt to ask.
Ask Martha to define cheating.
Yes and I can go back to asking questions I haven't been able to ask and I have sources to get answers.
Did Howie ask Julie about that possibility?
I wanted to ask questions but a medic stuck a needle in my arm.
It ticked me that he'd ask that question.
I begged her to tell me, but she just bawled and said it was good that I became a priest so I could ask for forgiveness.
Ask Martha when she lands.
He's desperate to ask Martha about the details of Annie's death but she, Quinn and Claire haven't reported in.
I hate to ask, but it's really important.
I just ask one thing; will you take my word for one item and if you stop this vehicle you'll have more reward than you'll know what to do with.
Howie doesn't want you to simply telephone Willard Humphries; he wants you to go down there and look him in the eye when you ask him.
Funny you should ask.
Thankfully, most times people react rather than ask questions.
"Ask for security," I said.
"Ask Otto," a uniformed cop said without looking up from his screen.
Do you understand what I ask of you?
I'd like to ask a favor of you.
Boss, I was gonna ask if you needed an XO while Sasha is out, Toni ventured.
Someone's going to ask you a question tomorrow morning.
"Can I ask you something?" she ventured, gazing at his handsome profile.
I don't ask twice.
"Don't ask me," Bianca said.
Darian's probably going to ask you if he can go visit the cat.
Soon. Did anyone ask you about Talon?
"How can you ask this of me?" he demanded, emotions wild on his face.
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