Hi there lovelies
It’s December and I hope you are having a fabulous time so far!
If you, like this T-Rex, have ever stopped typing mid-sentence because you weren’t sure whether or not you were inquiring or enquiring, you are not alone.
Fear not, the answer is here!
The short and sweet answer is that in both US and UK English, inquiry and enquiry can be used interchangeably.However, in most cases, inquiry seems to be coming out on top.
Many in the US will consider enquiry a spelling mistake and they prefer using inquiry. As I’m typing this blog post, the American spell-checker is underlining enquiry with red squiggles. So annoying!
The UK also has its preferences: Inquiry is used to indicate an investigation and enquiry indicates a question. In South Africa, we use UK English in most cases, and therefore, you would use the UK English option.
For example, in UK English you could say: I enquired his name. (informal question/request) OR The lawyer asked when the inquiry would be complete. (formal investigation).
Please take note: Although enquire has grown in popularity in UK English, it is still an alternative of inquire according to the Oxford Dictionary.
So, there you have it. When in doubt, use inquire.
Except if you are feeling British, then go ahead and enquire all you want!