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What is the difference between the word "Frage" and the word "Anfrage"?

There are many cases in which seems that they would be interchangable, but in some cases I get weird faces, so I guess it is not always so.

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Both are very similar and can often be used synonymously, but there are differences.

A Anfrage is a request. You use it to ask for something. For example:

Haben Sie meine Anfrage bezüglich des Auftrags erhalten?

(Did you get my request regarding the contract?)

A Frage is a question.

Ich habe eine Frage zu dieser Aufgabe.

(I have a question about this task.)

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