# I7: Making an action applying to two things

I tried making an action to ask someone about something, but I don’t know how to do it…

I tried this:

``Understand "ask [someone] about [something]" as asking about. Asking about is an action applying to two visible things.``

But when I type:

```Instead of asking John about the apple: say "'Just an apple.' John says.".```

But it would say that Inform couldn’t place the rule in the rulebook. How, exactly, do you make a rule for the rulebook?

It’s just that Inform doesn’t know where the first noun should go in the “asking X about Y” action. You have to add this information with “it”, but you also have to change the action’s name: “asking it about” is already defined in the standard library (as applying to one thing and one topic).

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