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I searched for the phrase "ask toward" but found nothing. The thing is it is a translated term, and I want to know if it is used or at least accepted in English.

And ask stars and winds, also ask toward clouds.

I'm telling the reader to ask the clouds while looking to their direction. So the person would do both actions at once. It isn't the same with stars and winds, for example, since the person would direct the question to them but not necessarily look at them.


It's a sentence in a poem.

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    In poetry many times it's up to the reader's point of view if he sees something fit. In that specific sentence, some may understand it as looking toward them, and some may understand it as "referring" the question to them but not looking directly at them. If you want to make things clear for the reader, and you want the reader to specifically LOOK at them, then I believe this will not do. "And ask stars and winds, also ask the clouds while looking at them," you can also make it, "also ask, looking at the clouds," which is less to my liking but still works. Just an opinion, GL :) – Liron Ilayev Aug 31 '19 at 12:32
  • Thank you! It would work fine with both meanings - the important thing is that it is actually a natural phrase in English. – Tasneem ZH Aug 31 '19 at 13:09
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    In normal English, it would be unnatural to say ask stars and winds. (Semantics aside, it would be ask the stars and the wind.) But this is poetry. So however you assess the first part of the sentence, you would assess the second part in the same way. – Jason Bassford Aug 31 '19 at 23:14
  • @JasonBassford _ Is it necessary to make both sides identical in the structure if it is poetry? Because I care more about it being correct and natural, so if it is not necessary, I would go with your correction. – Tasneem ZH Sep 1 '19 at 10:12
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    @TasneemZH No, it's not necessary. Whatever rules there are in regular English, there are even less in poetry. – Jason Bassford Sep 1 '19 at 13:19

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