Ask is a common word used when writing dialog. Any word used too often can become monotonous. Using alternative words gives you the opportunity to add emotion to your dialog.
Like Said, Ask is an invisible word. There is nothing wrong with using ask.
Using alternate words for ask is a way to develop your characters. One of the main purposes of dialog is to give your readers a glimpse into your character’s attitudes. There is a great difference between a character who asks or a character who demands. To have a character grilled is very different from having a character ask another character a question.
How to use replacement words for ask
Words like: pried, jabbed, meddled, interfered, snooped, and griped gives your readers a negative response to the character asking questions.
Words like: questioned, entreated, queried, wondered, and supplicated gives the character asking the questions a more positive sensitivity.
Words like: cross examined, interrogate, investigated, prodded, debriefed, and contested gives the speaker more authority.
Words like: petitioned, complained, appealed, wished, and begged, shows the reader your character’s vulnerability.
Words like: surveyed, calculated, discover, scrutinized, and deliberated shows your character to be analytical or scientific, in pursuit of a goal or a truth.
Use your dialog tags to help your readers understand more about your characters. How a speaker asks questions is often more important than the question itself in revealing your character’s attitudes, and emotions.
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|Cross examine||Interviewed||Grilled||To discover||Contested|