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    Can Someone Tell Me The Difference

    Can some one tell me the difference between "enquire" and "inquire" ?

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    Re: Can Someone Tell Me The Difference

    Police are making inquiries relating forged banknotes

    an inquiry means investigation


    The bank has had a lot of enquiries about its new savings scheme.

    an enquiry means a request for information




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    Quote Originally Posted by venkatasu View Post
    Can some one tell me the difference between "enquire" and "inquire" ?
    I think they are the same. 'Inquire' is a more frequently used form.

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    Re: Can Someone Tell Me The Difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think they are the same. 'Inquire' is a more frequently used form.
    Thank you clark


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    Re: Can Someone Tell Me The Difference

    'inquire' is Amer. Eng spelling, though you will find it used in Brit. Eng also.
    As such, strictly speaking, Clark is right.
    HOWEVER, I go along with xpert and use 'inquiry' for a formal investigation, and 'enquiry' - ("May I enquire whether..." "I've rung to enquire about..." )
    when seeking information.
    This is probably a personal quirk where I arrogantly take the latitude to do so, as 'enquire' is a much more mellifluous word than 'inquire' and shouldn't be allowed to become extinct.

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