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In response to a question, I have to answer.

An example:

A: Hello B, can I go?
B: Ask C first.
A: I have already asked from C.

Is this grammatical?

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No, it's not natural English. "I've already asked him" or "I've already asked for permission from 'xyz'" are the standard responses. –  user21497 Dec 20 '12 at 6:18
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What @BillFranke said, or another very common response is: A - I already did. –  Jim Dec 20 '12 at 6:21
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What @Jim said, or in BrE, "I already have." –  Andrew Leach Dec 20 '12 at 7:46
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@Gangnus Because British English does not say "I just did," it says "I just have". British English does not use did in that way (except that people are beginning to, via an American influence). –  Andrew Leach Dec 20 '12 at 9:29
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Apparently, the question is whether the given sentence is grammatical, whether to use "from" or another preposition or any at all, in I have already asked ___ C. I think OP is not asking for a better way of stating it. –  Kris Dec 20 '12 at 15:15
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In British English:

I already have
I have already asked C

Are both correct.

You could probably also say:

I already did

You would definitely not say:

I did already

as that is American English, not British English.

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To go straight to the answer, I have already asked from C is ungrammatical, because in most contexts ask is complemented by an indirect object (C) and not a preposition phrase (from C) to refer to the person asked. It has to be I have already asked C.

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"in most contexts" is non-exhaustive, while "ungrammatical" and "has to be" are categorical. I have quoted sentences to the contrary in my comments at OP. –  Kris Dec 24 '12 at 6:45
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A: Hello B, can I go?
B: Ask C first.

A can answer:

  • I have already asked C.
  • I already asked C.
  • I did (already).

But ask isn't followed by the preposition from. You can ask someone of something, i.e.,

I already asked that of C.

But that is prohibitively formal for conversation.

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Or perhaps inhibitively formal? :) –  StoneyB Dec 20 '12 at 12:10
    
@StoneyB: indeed, thanks. –  ash Dec 20 '12 at 19:22
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Follow-up answer to ash's answer: Non native speakers frequently have a prepositional or conceptual usage pattern in their native language that makes them interchange "of" and "from."

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