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  1. Nikki
    July 20, 2010

    Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Gip Brown
      January 30, 2015

      wow – I am so glad I looked this up. As an American, I can say that I will be more aware of the difference in the future. Unless, that is, there is an inquiry. At that instance I will request that my replies or requests be referred to as enquiries.

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  2. Mrema
    August 2, 2010

    Very clear/easy to be understood.
    Thank you!

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  3. Hong Zhou
    September 15, 2010

    Very informativfe,, well explained.
    Thank you!

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  4. craig
    October 13, 2010

    Sounds like this was written by a real scholar. I would, however, trust the explanation a lot more if the writer had said “In spite of THERE being a clear distinction” instead of “In spite of THEIR being a clear distinction.”

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    • Chris
      June 10, 2011

      Thanks. You saved me from saying this. I was looking for a polite (and possibly private) way of letting the writer know.

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    • Mel
      September 10, 2012

      guys…. there is no gramatical error in the use of the word THERE.
      In this situation, it has been used in the adverb – noting a position or place…. (the position is that there is no clear distinction)…
      Had they used the word THEIR, they would have been eluding to ownership…. ie, that is THEIR house, that is THEIR car…..
      There is no ownership of a clear distinction, therefore their would be the incorrect word to use in this context….
      ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Nat
        November 19, 2012

        Mel, the original article DID use the word ‘their’, however this was changed to ‘there’ upon it being brought to the writer’s attention.

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      • tacita ross
        September 25, 2014

        sit down mel nat parred you right off, shots fired pew pew

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    • sandy
      October 3, 2016

      Try reading the passage again, Craig, albeit slower, to enable comprehension to kick in. The word used is in fact THERE as you advocate should be used, not THEIR as you misread/mis perceived.

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  5. heena
    March 1, 2011

    insightful approach

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  6. pandithurai
    January 17, 2012

    Thank you,now I am very clear about that

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  7. Ashish
    February 18, 2012

    I appreciate the explanation. Thanks

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  8. Stu
    September 6, 2012

    Great explanation, I would have overlooked the simple error which has now been rectified but thats just me.

    thanks

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  9. Guy
    December 17, 2012

    Sorry buddy, Australian english prefers Enquire rather than inquire… Still a british colony afterall.

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  10. MOND
    August 27, 2013

    Thank You so much for a very clear explanation.

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  11. awo odurah
    September 3, 2014

    thanks very much

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  12. tacita ross
    September 25, 2014

    safe guyz really helped me wiv ma personal statement, later boi

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  13. Mark
    November 15, 2014

    Great tool for creative writing to mark clear distinction of intent and intensity ….

    “His/Her enquiry as to my well being was dear.

    vs.

    “His/Her inquiry into my whereabouts last night stung.”

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  14. Maria Okon Afangekung
    June 26, 2015

    I’m satisfied.There is a clear distinction.

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  15. Joanne
    September 8, 2016

    Very interesting and good explanation. Thanks for clearing up that issue. I do find it amusing and a bit confusing when corrections are made within an article and yet the comments that prompted the same corrections remain without any evidence of the original error that prompted the original criticism. Why are the authors fearful of showing their revisions from the original when it would make the comments make more sense?

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  16. Tim
    January 25, 2017

    Thank you for providing this article. It was clearly written, although extremely redundant. Glad to have the confusion alleviated as to why there is a spelling difference.

    Even still, after reading this article, I will still use inquiry for both scenarios as it remains the better word, it cannot be misinterpreted and is usable for both formal and informal circumstances.

    Also, spelling and grammar check on the computers flags “enquiry” as an incorrect spelling and suggests the usage of “inquiry” in its place.

    Enquiry has officially been replaced in my book!

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  17. Ayo
    March 29, 2017

    I have once again realized how important it is to make enquiry on words that appear confusing. There is never an end to learning. My take initially, was to assume that inquiry applied to inward activities, while enquiry stood for the opposite! I now know better, after reading this article.

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  18. Rajesh
    December 20, 2017

    Thank you very much for a clear explanation.

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  19. Webster
    April 24, 2018

    Great explanation, I would have overlooked the simple error which has now been rectified but thats just me.

    Thank you very much for a clear explanation.

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  20. Freda
    December 7, 2018

    Thank you for such diligence in the clarifications of these two words! Mind you I am now in a whirlwind of epic proportions over ant typographical errors.

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  21. V Ganesan
    January 5, 2020

    Thank u very much.

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  22. Kev
    May 23, 2020

    Thanks for explaining the distinction. However (if youโ€™re still reading your comments 10 years on) I must correct you on the following โ€œPeople that are more erudite and aware, would perhaps be more careful …โ€ Itโ€™s people WHO or things THAT.

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