Agree Mr. Jean. Only a surprise, ask is beggining slowly to be "nouned" these days. It already made to the Cambridge, MacMillan and Oxford dictionaries, to name a few. I discovered that today, it´s interesting how we learn things here.
Being former intrepid (childless) travellers we hadn't realised how much of a big ask it was to travel with a 1 year old and a 3 year old from Cairo to Lucca in one day or to see the highlights of Florence in a day.http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/ ... -a-big-askhttp://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/ask_2
a big ask
a situation in a sports competition when someone needs to get a lot of points or do something very difficult in order to win :
We need to win the next three games. It's a big ask, but I'm confident we can do it.
(here the person is asking a favour, and let others know, beforehand, that he/she is going to be very indebted to whom answer it.)http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/614 ... -toenails/
A Big Ask: Anyone Know A Pedicurist Who Knows How To Prevent Ingrown Toenails?
(here to mean that it was a big feat, something very difficult to do/achieve)www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/ask_34
It was a big ask, but in 1964 Fraser became the only swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics.
SEN Magazine - Changing behaviour: a big ask?
Changing behaviour: a big ask? Details Created on Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:45 Glen Williams looks at how surveying pupils’ attitudes can help improve behaviour ...
Here in the same vein, the person asking let others know he/she is going to be highly indebted, in Portuguese we could perhaps say here "eu sei que é pedir demais, mas ...(e segue a pergunta/favor em questão...)http://excel.questionfor.info/q_microso ... 23641.html
A big ask, but if anyone can help, it would be great.