1. I was questioned of my validity of being there with my child in surgery.
  2. I was questioned of who I was.
  3. I was asked of my job history and provided a detailed description.

I've come across the sentences on the internet. I'm not sure whether they sound natural or not. I think that "of" isn't the correct preposition in those sentences and it should be changed with "on" or "about" because they doesn't make sense if re-written as below

  1. He questioned me of my validity of being there with my child in surgery.
  2. He questioned me of who I was.
  3. He asked me of my job history and provided a detailed description.
  • 1
    None of the sentences sound natural, nor are they grammatical. Your assumption is correct. – Jason Bassford Dec 18 '18 at 14:24

I was questioned about the events.

"About" is a preferable choice. That is ok.

I was questioned of the events.

Incorrect. "Of" is a grammatical error.

I was questioned on the events.

This sounds somewhat incorrect... It depends. "On" can be used on a case by case basis. Imagine a headline: "Senator questioned on policy". That's alright. It really means "about the policy".

So, generally the word should be "about".

| improve this answer | |
  • Are you a native speaker of English? To you, do the original sentences not only make no sense but also sound very unnatural? But somewhat interestingly I've just been told by a native speaker 1st and 2nd sentences sound natural to his ears. I just want to confirm this again. – Glittering river Dec 18 '18 at 8:47
  • 1
    @SIS , yes native speaker. "questioned of" sounds incorrect. However, there may be certain turns of phrase, where it can make sense... There are always counter-examples to everything. – Sam Dec 18 '18 at 9:00
  • I'm afraid that I'm still confused because there are some people telling me the sentences can make sense. What I've in mind is that they seem to make sense at least but just are not the usual ways to say. I want to conclude which one is correct. 1) they make sense, but just not the usual way to say so. 2) they don't make sense and not the usual way to say so. – Glittering river Dec 18 '18 at 13:50
  • @SIS , they "make sense" when read. That's because you can almost ignore the preposition. It doesn't interfere with understanding. Many ungrammatical sentences make sense, and you can figure them out. Even with a misspelling, a missing word, an extra word, the wrong word, etc. So, there's a difference between "make sense", and "correct." – Sam Dec 18 '18 at 14:01
  • Thank you for your help!, anyways, the confusing is way more provoked by those telling me they sound natural. it would be not the problem, if they were just saying "make sense". – Glittering river Dec 18 '18 at 14:05

Questioned about or questioned on are the correct ones but often is is used without preposition at all, see for example here

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.