Inquire vs. Enquire

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Inquire vs. Enquire

inquire vs. enquireHaving recently come across this particular distinction, we thought it would be noteworthy to clear it up.

Inquire, meaning to ask for further information, is generally interchangeable with enquire — which is more frequently used in British English.

Some argue that enquire is used in informal instances whereas inquire is more so reserved for formal examinations.

Let’s look at a few examples to fully illustrate the words’ uses:

He was unsure of the movie time, so he enquired further.

They couldn’t help but enquire as to whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

Inquiries were made by the attorney regarding the state of affairs.

She was obligated to inquire about which index to follow for the proper information.

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