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Usage note
In most cases, this word may also be spelled "enquire." However, it is commonly spelled "inquire" in formal contexts like that shown in 3), especially in the UK.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to ask for information)
a. preguntar
Good morning, I'd like to inquire about the open position.Buenos días, me gustaría preguntar acerca del puesto vacante.
b. informarse
I'm calling to inquire about internship opportunities within your company.Llamo para informarme sobre la posibilidad de hacer pasantías en su empresa.
2. (to investigate)
a. investigar
The police are inquiring into the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.La policía está investigando las circunstancias de su desaparición.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to ask)
a. preguntar
She inquired how long the Three Kings' parade would be.Preguntó cuánto duraría la cabalgata de Reyes.
b. inquirir
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
Sir, might I inquire what's going on?Señor, ¿podría inquirir qué sucede?
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (general)
a. preguntar
to inquire as to or about…informarse sobre…
he inquired why I was thereme preguntó por qué estaba allí
inquire withinrazón aquí
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inquire [ɪnˈkwaɪəʳ]
transitive verb
to inquire sth of sb preguntar algo a algn; to inquire when/whether ... preguntar cuándo/si ...; he inquired the price preguntó cuánto costaba
intransitive verb
to inquire about sth preguntar por algo; informarse de algo; I am inquiring about your advertisement in today's paper (by phone) llamo para preguntar acerca de su anuncio en el periódico de hoy; to inquire after or for or about sb preguntar por algn; she inquired after your health preguntó por tu salud; preguntó qué tal andabas de salud; to inquire into sth investigar or indagar algo; I shouldn't inquire too closely if I were you yo que tú no haría demasiadas preguntas
inquire within infórmese en el interior
inquire at No. 14 razón: en el no 14
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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