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Difference Between Enquiry and Inquiry

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Main Difference

Enquiry and Inquiry are used interchangeably but have difference among them. Enquiry is used to get some information, in a formal way of asking. While Inquiry is used for investigation, which is a deeper word than enquiry. Enquiry is the noun of enquire used commonly in British English. Inquiry is the noun of inquire used in US English. Both words are taken from Old French “enquerre”. If there is some accident somewhere, police may enquire about the place of incident and will inquire about the reason behind the incident.

What is Enquiry?

Enquiry is used to get some information, in a formal way of asking. It donates the questioning. Enquiry is the noun of enquire used commonly in British English. We may enquired about the menu when we are in the hotel.

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What is Inquiry?

Inquiry refers to the investigation and to find out for the things. Inquiry is the noun of inquire used in US English. Judge may suspend the Inquiry (investigation) of any incident.

Key Differences

  1. Enquiry is used to get some information, in a formal way of asking while inquiry refers to the investigation.
  2. Enquiry is commonly used in British English while inquiry is used in US English.
  3. If there is some accident somewhere, police may enquire about the place of incident and will inquire about the reason behind the incident.
  4. If someone need a pencil, he will enquire his neighbor about pencil. If the pencil is lost then he will inquire about the pencil.
  5. Enquiry is just a simply getting information but inquiry is the detailed analysis and investigation.
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