Grammar Patterns

V wh

The 'ask' group

These verbs are concerned with speaking or writing. This includes:
    asking for information e.g. ask, query
    agreeing or discussing e.g. agree, discuss
    giving information e.g. disclose, explain
Don't ask who my informant was, because I'm not going to tell you.
The government is also debating what sort of treaty it wants.
She began to explain where each muscle was, and urged him to concentrate on that particular spot as she worked it.
A passer-by inquired why the television cameras were there.
Note down when you first became noticeably fatigued.
Toy companies suggest what age of child a toy would be suitable for.
The verbs agree, argue, debate, and discuss are reciprocal verbs (see Chapter 6) and often have a plural Subject with this pattern.
We can argue whether we should have a press conference or not.
  • acknowledge
  • advise
  • affirm
  • agree
  • announce
  • argue (how/whether)
  • articulate
  • ask
  • chronicle
  • confess
  • confirm
  • debate
  • declare
  • demand
  • describe
  • detail (how)
  • dictate
  • disclose
  • discuss
  • dispute
  • divulge
  • emphasize (how)
  • explain
  • forecast
  • guarantee
  • hint
  • hypothesize
  • illustrate
  • indicate
  • inquire
  • intimate
  • mention
  • note
  • proclaim
  • propose (how)
  • query
  • recall
  • recommend
  • recount
  • remark (how)
  • report
  • reveal
  • say
  • see
  • specify
  • state
  • stipulate
  • stress
  • suggest
  • underline
  • underscore
  • warn
  • let on
  • note down
  • point out
  • put down
  • set out
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