In traditional Chinese the character 問 is used.
You use your mouth to ask directions to find the gate.
you use your mouth to inquire about the gate
A person is standing in the doorway asking to come in.
ask only with your mouth at the gate if you can enter
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Definitions for 问 pronounced as wèn
- to ask
- to give one's respects
- to send a greeting
- to aspire to the throne
- to aim at (the first place etc)