Ask of

Posted by David FG on December 05, 2004

In Reply to: Ask of posted by aske of on December 05, 2004

: :
: : : The following sentence was said by an anti-apartheid hero \, Nelson Mandela at the

: : : He never *asked of* others what he was not prepared to do.
: : :
: : : Would anyone tell me waht that mean?

: : He never requested that someone do something that he himself would not do or be able to do.

: Can the *of* be omitted?

: Thanks

I would say not. I think the 'of' is obligatory here. It is a subtle point, but one that is necessary I think. What do others say?