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Difference Between Inquiry and Query

Inquiry vs Query

Words can be simple or complex. A word can have several different meanings, and it can have several different forms. Sometimes the meaning of what a person says is lost when the wrong form is used. “Inquiry” and “query” are two words that are sometimes confused with each other. While they may refer to similar instances, they have different uses in the English language.

“Inquiry” is defined as a search for knowledge. It is a process by which knowledge is acquired, doubts are settled, and problems are given solutions. An inquiry gives light and clarification about people, things, and ideas that are puzzling and misunderstood.

It involves probing, researching, and experimenting procedures that are necessary in order to better understand whatever it is that one is asking about. It is a formal investigation, examining facts, principles, and information. “Inquiry” comes from the Latin word “quaerere” which means “to seek or ask.” It is also spelled as “enquiry,” but “inquiry” is the most common spelling of the word which is used in American English while “enquiry” is used in British English.

A query, on the other hand, is defined as a request for information. Simply put, it is the act of asking a question, one of the procedures in making an inquiry. It is an oral or written request for information on the correctness of certain statements or facts. It is a question that expresses doubt and uncertainty about certain facts that are presented. It is meant to check out and examine the accuracy and truth about people, things, and ideas. It may also be an expression of opposition against something or someone.

The word “query” comes from the Latin “quaere” which means “to ask, seek, or gain.” It acquired its present form in the 1600s as influenced by the word “inquiry.” It can be used either as a verb or a noun in a sentence.

The board has ordered an inquiry into the alleged misconduct of several members of the faculty.
Upon further inquiry, it was found out that the boy in question has been caught stealing a bicycle a few days ago but was released because the owner did not press charges.
I find it hard to answer your query about the subject of nuclear science since it is my twin and not I who is the physicist.
Research and experiments are essential for the proper resolution of your query.

1.“Inquiry” is the process of searching for knowledge and facts while “query” is a request for information.
2.An inquiry involves research, probes, and experiments while a query involves asking a question.
3.Both words come from the Latin word “quaere” or “quaerere” which means” to ask or seek.” An inquiry is a more in-depth investigation while a query can be a simple request for information.
4.A query can express doubt and opposition to things, people, or ideas while an inquiry expresses the need to settle doubts and provide solutions to problems and, at the same time, provide knowledge.

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    • Inquiry has include word quiry so quiry just use to ask any questions but inquiry has wider word has full investigate

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  3. Inquiry means a formal way and part of investigation or search but quary just like ask something or as like question

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