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What is the difference between query and question?
Can we use it interchangeably?
If I want to write an article for a magazine, I send in a query, in which I describe the article and ask if they would be interested.
In the realm of computers and databases, I submit queries to the system to get reports.
If you submit an official request for information, it may be considered a query.
In day-to-day speech, use "question."
Can I say in this manner.
If you are using a computer program to search for the information you need, you have submitted a query. If you are submitting a written request to a government office for specific information, you are submitting a query.
You ask a question, you submit a query.
Others may have other opinions.
In my opinion, query is a question that searches for or validates information based a set of criteria. In other words, a query is a question, but a question might not be a query. For example,
Question: What is your social security number? (no criterion)
Query: What is the name of the person whose social security number is XXXXXX? (SS# is the criterion required to search for the name of the person).
If I am saying that
Is John your name ? -- Query because you are validating something
What is your name?-- Question because you are not validating something
They both are questions since they do not supply / submit a criterion or a set of criteria. One must first supply / submit a set of information to search for or validate other information in a domain. Below is an example of a validating query against a banking domain:
Is John the firstname of the person whose social security number is ***? (i.e., we submit the social security number as a criterion to validate the person's firstname).
A query is the act of seeking information or soliciting information from someone or some thing. For instance, you can run a query of a data base to see what apartments are available for rent in a given zip code.
A question refers to how a person phrases their query. Examples include:
1) What do you want for the flowers?
2) How much for the flowers?
3) What does it cost for the flowers?
The person wants to know how much it costs for flowers. The information is elicited with 3 different questions.
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