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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Inquire vs. Enquire

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. Today, we'll be talking about the difference between Inquire and Enquire. Do you find yourself getting tripped up on these?

If you do, you're not alone. And why? Because they're both technically correct – depending on where you live and your audience! The purpose of today's blog post is to explain the difference so that you can be a grammar pro moving forward.

Inquire and Enquire mean "to ask" or "to investigate," and both are correct spellings. However, inquire (starting with an i) is the more accepted spelling in American English.

Your inquiry into the murder is pointless.

* I'd like to inquire about the bike for sale.

* I'll inquire about getting a raise.

Meanwhile, enquire (starting with an e) and inquire are used in British English. But which one you use in a sentence depends on the context. Traditionally, enquire means "general asking or investigating," while inquiring means to seek information formally or mount an official investigation. Even still, you can still find instances of enquire or enquiry for all contexts.

* Your inquiry into the murder is pointless.

* I'd like to enquire about the bike for sale.

* The police have started an official inquiry into the situation.

So you have to pay attention to where you live, your audience, and your context.

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