Ask to versus ask of
Is the below sentence correct? I think the word "to" to shoud be changed to "of", but I'm not sure.
were you able to ask those questions to your attorneys?
Thanks much for any help you can provide!
The sentence with 'to' is grammatically correct in modern contemporary spoken English, but in British English when the indirect object is short "your attorneys", we would prefer to put it first. For example,
Were you able to ask your lawyers (Br. Eng.) those questions?
If the indirect object is long, however, we genrally put it last.
Were you able to ask those questions to the lawyers that the state had appointed to represent you?
"ask a question of someone" sounds pompous or overly formal.
However, if we substitute a quantity, this is perfectly okay.
You're asking a lot of me.
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