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    Common problem, simple answer

    Which of these sentences is correct? Are they both correct?

    "For enquiries about Site Licenses or alternative payment..."

    or

    "For inquiries about Site Licenses or alternative payment..."

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    Re: Common problem, simple answer

    I don't know for sure about American English (which I think* prefers 'in-'), but in British English they're both acceptable.

    When I worked for OUP they had a rule (which I think was arbitrary) that a question was 'en-' and an official commission was 'in-'. So your context would require 'en-'. But I've seen both.

    b

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    Come to think of it, maybe its 'en-'; one or the other! I'm trying to recall the sound in an American voice, and all I can be sure of is that AmE puts the stress on the first syllable, with schwa in the second, whereas in BE it's /ıŋ'kwaıri:/ (sometimes with the triphthong /aıə/ in the stressed syllable).
    Last edited by BobK; 01-Mar-2007 at 12:45.


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    Re: Common problem, simple answer

    According to my favourite dictionary, the first is British English "which I'm used to" and the second is American.

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