I have seen a couple of phrasal verbs that must be separated. One of them is "ask in" verb. My question is how I can separate and put my long phrase between verb and particle. For example:

I 'asked' the woman that stays in front of the door 'in' but she didn't accept.

(I think this version is wrong but the site page says we must separate the verb.)


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    Ask in needs to be separated with a pronoun, but it's unidiomatic to try to fit a longer phrase in there. You would have to reword it. "There was a woman standing on the doorstep. I asked her in, but she didn't accept." Mar 29 '21 at 16:49
  • What is your question?
    – Lawrence
    Mar 29 '21 at 17:14
  • Thank you Kate, I've been thinking it samely but I wanted to be sure. Because otherwise it can be unidiomatic like you said. Mar 29 '21 at 17:20
  • to ask someone in is an idiom that means to ask the person into a house, apartment, office or the place you are in.
    – Lambie
    Mar 29 '21 at 18:07
  • I think the example given in the question is an excellent and understandable way of (widely) separating the verbal phrase "ask in." It has a literary quality, even, and while it might not be common in speech, I could absolutely believe that someone might say something like, "I asked that lady working across the street in for a drink of water because it was so hot outside." In other words, more words than just a pronoun strikes me as believable, idiomatic speech.
    – user8356
    Mar 29 '21 at 19:52

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