C wrote:The difference between inquire and enquire.
I don't believe there is a substantive difference, in UK English at least.
We tend to use 'inquire' and it's related words for more formal situations (though 'enquire' is not a very informal word) but they are generally interchangeable.
The copy of the OED from the 1930s (micrographic text version published in 1971) I have states that they are both alternative forms of the same word. Inquire is listed with the full entry, under Enquire it states:
"The mod. Dicts. give inquire
as the standard form, but enquire
is still very frequently used, esp. in the sense to ask a question."
According to the Inquire entry, the word comes from the French, and the "half-latinised enquire" has co-existed throughout written records, such as in the Canterbury tales.
Like fast-moving clouds casting shadows against a hillside, the melody-loop shuddered with a sense of the sublime, the awful unknowable majesty of the world.