Can somebody please explain the difference between "ask of me" and "ask me"? Why do we use "of" between ask and me?

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"Ask of someone" would tend to imply asking for something from someone, perhaps a favor. Whereas, "ask someone" simply means to ask someone something, like a question.

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    Perhaps more clearly illustrated with "They are asking too much of him," vs *"They are asking him too much." – Edwin Ashworth Apr 4 '13 at 7:49

I think they are both like a question, just with different usage between "ask something of someone" and "ask someone something".

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