I would like to ask about of in the following passage, which is the definition for interrogate on Google's dictionary.

ask questions of someone closely, aggressively, or formally.

I also looked up the definition for of but as the preposition is so versatile and has so many definitions that I have come to ask a question here.

In my theory, it can be equivalent to the following two possible interpretations.

  1. ask (questions of someone) → ask questions about someone
  2. (ask questions) of someone → ask questions from someone

Any explanations will be appreciated. Thank you.

1 Answer 1


To ask questions of someone is to direct questions at or to that person. Regarding your definition (2) - we don't "ask questions from" people.

  • Thank you for the answer. :) But may I ask you a little more? I wonder if the way I used from is wrong. Maybe as an alternative preposition to of, is at more correct than from and is at actually usable in this case? Feb 23, 2019 at 18:00
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    The way you used 'from' is wrong. To interrogate is to ask questions of someone. You cannot use from or at. Feb 23, 2019 at 19:19

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