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    Question 'enquiry' and 'query'?

    Hi,
    Would anyone please tell me if they're used interchangably?


    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: 'enquiry' and 'query'?

    No, they are not.

    Enquiry
    is only a noun; query can be a noun or verb.

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    Question Re: 'enquiry' and 'query'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No, they are not.

    Enquiry is only a noun; query can be a noun or verb.

    Rover

    Thanks. So is that just the 'part of speech' that makes them different?

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    Default Re: 'enquiry' and 'query'?

    No.

    A query is just a question.

    An enquiry can be a thorough investigation.

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    Default Re: 'enquiry' and 'query'?

    While not frequently heard, query also functions as a verb in AmE.
    Inquire is seen more frequently than enquire in AmE.

    On second thought, we do have an exceptionally benighted tabloid called The National Enquirer.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 26-May-2011 at 13:09. Reason: second thought

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    Default Re: 'enquiry' and 'query'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks. So is that just the 'part of speech' that makes them different?
    If you walk into a building, you might see a desk with a sign, "Enquiries".
    You won't see one with a sign saying "Queries".
    So, although they mean a similar thing, they are different in many areas of usage.

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