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  • A committee was formed to ascertain the level of public support for a new bike path.
  • The slaveholders have been known to send in spies among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • Looking cautiously round, to ascertain that they were not overheard, the two hags cowered nearer to the fire, and chuckled heartily.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy’s Progress
  • To ascertain the truth, we focus more intently on the screen.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark

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  • Caught offside, it took a moment for her to ascertain what her aunt meant by Like That.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • …and once she realized she did, and that she could tell Annie this, and be telling the truth without telling all of it, and that this photo, along with the white lie of knowing his actual last name, would allow her to continue with this man, Kalden, who very well might be a danger to the Circle, she knew she would use this second lie with Annie, and it would buy her more time—more time to rise and fall on Kalden, while trying to ascertain exactly who he was and what he wanted from her.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • You will, immediately upon reaching Churchill, proceed by chartered air transport in a suitable direction for the requisite distance and thereupon establish a Base at a point where it has been ascertained there is an adequate wolf population and where conditions generally are optimal to the furtherance of your operations….
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It was hard to ascertain what had gone on.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Eager to share his knowledge on any subject, he neglected to ascertain the interest of his listener or, in my case, reader.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Dunwoody began to question her, and before long he was able to ascertain that Mrs. Barlowe was involved in something dicey and was attempting to manipulate a situation that could very well blow up in her face.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client

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  • And the answer is, as far as I can ascertain, that on this site there was indeed a small church, and the original graveyard would have been its churchyard.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • ) But, as the reader of this will have ascertained (if there ever is a reader) the idea of being Dragged Down holds no terror for me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • As a matter of fact you needn’t bother to ascertain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Yes, it’s difficult to ascertain whether he is trying to arouse her or perform a breast exam.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Rogers’ room, as Philip Lombard had already ascertained, was untenanted.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Guy Francon descended from his office once in a while, for no ascertainable purpose.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She felt a morbid desire to ascertain the point.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • We had best ascertain if he is really there, or if by any possibility he might be in London.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was easy to ascertain this; but how could he risk the question?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The slaveholders have been known to send in spies among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Would the two, for his enlightenment, try to ascertain just what they had in common, and why they belonged to the same party?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "I have not been able to ascertain the supposed racial origin of all eighteen lines," Gartler told the audience.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I was ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • It remained to ascertain whether the priests were watching by the side of their victim as assiduously as were the soldiers at the door.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • This is a beloved errand for him; on being called here to ascertain witchcraft he felt the pride of the specialist whose unique knowledge has at last been publicly called for.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He went up to him, took his hand (a thing he never used to do), and drew it downwards as if wishing to ascertain whether it was firmly fixed on.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Dr. Remile suddenly ascertained that I was due some government benefits, being the child of a veteran.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It would be difficult to ascertain which branch the Ra’zac had taken.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • When the new wore off his grandfather’s watch, and carrying it became a day’s burdensome task, Jem no longer felt the necessity of ascertaining the hour every five minutes.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The attendant stooped over the bed, to ascertain; and nodded in the affirmative.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The Jonah, in my mind, was Mr. Earnshaw; and I shook the handle of his den that I might ascertain if he were yet living.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Arbuthnot’s name, age, home address and exact military standing were all ascertained.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • In the aftermath of a disaster, whether it be natural or man-made—and the Taliban are a disaster, Amir, believe me—it’s always difficult to ascertain that a child is an orphan.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • If the Day of Judgment had only been ascertained to be a dress day, everybody there would have been eternally correct.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The nature of the accident he could not ascertain; indeed, the railway authorities did not clearly know at that time.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He then put up the pocket-book and set the candle a little aside, after peering round it into the darkness at Joe and me, to ascertain which was which.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • My companion followed me quickly, and cautiously drew the door to, after carefully ascertaining that the lock was a falling, and not a spring one.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • And by this ascertained standard, White Fang treated them accordingly.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "Renesmee?" he asked uncertainly, trying to ascertain what I wanted most in this moment.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • If a wife had been separated from her husband for some time and were then to be re-united with him, this ceremony would be held to ascertain that she had not been unfaithful to him during the time of their separation.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Now, my dear host, while your young man was insensible, you did not fail, I am quite sure, to ascertain what that pocket contained.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "You wim’ don’t know everything," said Mr. Hall, resolved to ascertain more about the personality of his guest at the earliest possible opportunity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The ladies were somewhat more fortunate, for they had the advantage of ascertaining from an upper window that he wore a blue coat, and rode a black horse.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Harry kept his eyes skinned for a sign of Hagrid all the way down the slushy High Street, and suggested a visit to the Three Broomsticks once he had ascertained that Hagrid was not in any of the shops.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He was unable to ascertain what mechanism guided them, but they followed clearly defined paths from their nest to food and back.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You had better look about you, and ascertain what you do, and what you mean to do.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Though the night was dark and dismal, yet the form of the unknown might now in some degree be ascertained.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • That is correct; I have ascertained it for myself.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • I tried to climb in to ascertain if it really was the same place–one second on that bowed floor and I would know it for certain–but I could not get any farther than the opening.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The King of the Bulgarians passed at this moment and ascertained the nature of the crime.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
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