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inquire into

To investigate; to look into or ask questions about. The HR department has been inquiring into complaints of unfair firing practices. We've inquired into what could be causing the server malfunction. We will keep you posted when we have more information.
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inquire about (someone or something)

To ask or try to learn more about someone or something. Mother, if Gerald inquires about you, what should I tell him? I'm inquiring about that bill right now.
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inquire after (someone)

To ask how someone is doing, especially regarding their health. Mother, if Gerald inquires after you, what should I tell him?
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inquire about someone or something

to ask about someone or something. I inquired about Tom and was told that he doesn't live here anymore. You will have to inquire about that at the front desk.
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inquire after someone

to ask about the well-being of someone. Jerry inquired after you when I saw him at the store today. I will inquire after his wife the next time I see him.
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inquire for someone

to ask to see someone. Mr. Franklin, there is a man out here inquiring for you. What shall I tell him? Who is inquiring for me?
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inquire into something

to look into something; to investigate something by asking questions. I will inquire into your complaint. It sounds as if something is wrong. We have not inquired into it yet.
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inquire something of someone

to ask some information of someone. I need to inquire something of you. May I inquire something personal of you?
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inquire within

to ask questions of a person inside [some place, such as a store or office]. (Formula. On a sign posted outside.) "Help wanted. Inquire within," read the sign on the door. If you want to apply, you must inquire within.
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inquire after

Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]
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inquire about

To seek information about something or someone: I went to the store and inquired about available jobs.
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inquire after

To ask about the health or condition of someone: My neighbor cordially inquired after my mother, who was in the hospital.
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In accordance with the learning principle of scaffolding (Bliss, Askew, and Macrae 1996), Inquire Bioloqy links to related concepts and suggests follow-up questions, helping students ask the right questions and work their way toward a solution.
Inquire Biology is designed to support two educational use cases: active reading and homework support.
Following is a scenario to illustrate how a student might engage in active reading while using Inquire Biology:
In this example, Inquire Biology has supported active reading in the following ways:
Explain: Inquire Biology's highlighting and note-taking capabilities allow students to mark passages they find particularly important and to extend and summarize the information in their own words.
Ask: Inquire Biology suggests questions whenever a student makes a highlight.
Predict: Students can attempt to answer Inquire Biology's suggested questions on their own and test their predictions by tapping through to see the generated answers.
Inquire Biology assists students in understanding and constructing answers for complex conceptual homework problems.
To answer the first question, I ask Inquire Biology: What is the similarity between a chloroplast and a mitochondrion?
We now give an overview of the AI technology that enables the functioning of Inquire Biology.
For the purpose of Inquire Biology, a subject-matter expert (SME) is a biologist with a bachelor's degree in biology or a related discipline.
The current knowledge base has been well-tested for the questions used in Inquire Biology for chapters 2-12 of Campbell Biology.
Inquire Biology works through an HTTP connection to an AURA server running on a Windows machine.
The goal of evaluating Inquire Biology was to assess the extent to which the AI enhancements to Campbell Biology were useful to students for the active reading and homework support tasks, and to determine whether Inquire Biology leads to better learning.
The full Inquire Biology group (N = 25) used the system version that had all the AI-enabled features that we discussed earlier in this paper.