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If you ask me is used in Present-day English (PDE hereafter) as a modalised comment on the following or preceding clause, as in these examples by linguists on the American Dialect Society Listserve Archive
English Language and Linguistics is going from strength to strength. The journal is now in its twenty-third year, and the number of submissions to ELL is steadily increasing. This has led to two developments (both very welcome) which we thought we should let readers know about in this short editorial. We first set out a little background.