Using the word "ask" as a noun can refer to a request or a question. It is a common verb that is used to express the act of seeking information or clarification from someone or something.
For example, "Can you help me with this task? I have a few asks." In this sentence, the word "asks" refers to the requests or questions that the speaker is asking for help with.
In addition to being used as a noun to refer to a request or question, "ask" can also be used as a noun to refer to the act of seeking information or clarification. For example, "I appreciate your willingness to help. Can I ask a favor?" In this sentence, the word "ask" refers to the act of seeking a favor from the person being spoken to.
In both of these examples, the word "ask" is used as a noun to refer to a request or question, rather than being used as a verb to express the act of seeking information or clarification.
Using the word "ask" as a noun can also be seen in phrases such as "to ask for" or "to ask after," which both refer to seeking information or clarification. For example, "I need to ask for directions to the nearest gas station" and "I'm just checking in to ask after your health." In both of these examples, the word "ask" is used as a noun to refer to the act of seeking information or clarification.
In conclusion, the word "ask" can be used as a noun to refer to a request or question, or to the act of seeking information or clarification. It is a versatile and commonly used word that is essential in communication and the exchange of information.
Here is the relevant entry from The New Oxford American Dictionary 2001 : spend. Today, I was reading some articles and posts on LinkedIn, there were 6 articles where "Ask" was used as a noun. Or to tell me my decision is a bad one. . Far or a long way? I have no idea where nor why it has started or restarted, as some suggest. Or it just being fashionable despite everyone I know who has expressed a preference being anti Yes language evolves, and yes, the dictionary is descriptive not prescriptive.
Here is the relevant OED entry: colloq. As with many such short verb-nouns there could be a Chinese influence in play. The OED describes the usage as colloquial more common in spoken than written English , and says it originated in Australia. . Etymology is the study of the history of words and idioms, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time. Wait or wait for? Lots of people reacted to 'party' being used as a verb.
Never heard it used that way, but like Scarpozzi I hate newer slang. Farther, farthest or further, furthest? The OED has three early cites, between roughly 1000 and 1230, and then a huge gap until these two cites: 1781 T. Send me an ask? Spend as a noun does not yet seem to enjoy general mainstream use. My favorite, however, was the one I heard frequently in Sheboygan. Some examples of this: "The ask is. There's a sign up at my local beer store that leads with "Our ask to our customers.
Past simple or present perfect? Perhaps your old teachers need to go back to school or perhaps they're teaching the modern stance now. Who knew that "Ask" was, too? Valid English is a pretty strange concept as English grammar and lexicon varies wildly depending on the area it is spoken in. It might just be OK, even if it sounds odd to you. The 1688 instance that the OED cites is probably from John Bunyan, The Advocateship of Jesus Christ Clearly Explained, and Largely Improved, for the Benefit of All Believers 1688 : Now, set the Case again, that some ill conditioned Man should take Notice, that these poor Men live all upon the spend, and Saints do so and should come to the good Man's House, and complain to him of the spending of his Sons, and that while their elder Brother stands by: What do you think the elder Brother would reply, if he was as good-natured as Christ? Plus, of course, the thing that is an "ask" is usually more of a "demand" or "requirement". Does anyone else find it annoying or is it just me? Here an ask seems to be some sort of fundraising appeal.
Answer: Because it's not a word. How is the word "request" several? If you have a meta opinion, put it in the megathread. The ask, or my ask is used in places such as: My ask of you is that you fill out the true and false questions first. . A comparable though even less widely recognized term that has emerged from the land of MBAs is ask as a noun, which carries the meaning "question, request, or inquiry.
In defense of "ask": I first heard it in the context of lobbying, and although it DOES make my skin crawl, it also serves the useful purpose of focusing on your goal, and the fact that when you contact a politician you better have one specific thing you are "asking" them to do. Using ask as a noun would do very similar damage to my brain. People even seem to go out of their way to use it, hence the awkward phrasing in my examples. . So first, I get the main history for it.
As an old English major, the recent, increased use of "ask" as a noun bothered me.
Anyway, you can't stop the change, may as well adjust. Alone, lonely, or lonesome? It just never sounded right as an adjective. Could you come into the office and help me out on Sunday? I have noticed it mostly in a political and business context, which appears to have started spreading to other broadcast domains, like sports. COCA has one, which suggests a different sense to the noun: Llewellyn delivered endowed chairs, editing suites, sculpture gardens. When did it start? But a couple of U.
. When right-wingers latch onto something, they are like a dog with a bone and they won't let it go. If I'm right, why is it incorrect? Rather than live upon the Spend, an idle Life, I hired my self to Mr. . Instead of saying, "My video card need to be replaced" they'll say, "My video card needs replaced. Although, I am not a student in your class, could you please explain your premise? It just sounds wrong.
And so it is and does, but the full story is more interesting than a simple survival of a lexical item from a millennium ago. Living in Europe, I have never encountered the usage myself, and neither Merriam-Webster nor Wiktionary even mention the mere possibility of "ask" being used as a noun. We had to cut half our features. But there is room for our ideas to shape and move our language. But you never know. In fact, published instances of the phrase "upon the spend" or more precisely, "live upon the spend" go back more than 350 years. NOAD and OED allow the usage, as mentioned above.
Any other lawyers sick pf people using "ask" as a noun?
Feel free to use the Politics Megathread pinned to the front page. However, a draft addition from 2005 points out a recent use, which it labels colloquial, originally Australian, and chiefly Sport lingo: colloq. It might be something considered more informal. The use of determiners here is a good tip that we're dealing with nouns. But all earlier instances relate to the collocation on the spend engaged in the act of spending. Stuff I heard growing up that was German in origin: "Make the light out.