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What is the difference between the words "inquiry" and "query?" I tend to associate the latter with technology (e.g., search engine queries), but I'm not sure what the actual meaning is.

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inquiry describes an act of asking for information or an official investigation

query is simply a question, especially one addressed to an official or an organization. In writing or speaking it is used to question the accuracy of a following statement or to introduce a question.


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(+1) A good answer. Concise and accurate. – Karl Apr 4 '11 at 2:57

Query is asking a simple question that does not require more than basic knowledge. Inquiry is asking a question that requires further research or an investigation.

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