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To inform is to give knowledge. This word is similar to the word "tell," however, "inform" expresses a certain level of seriousness.

simple past past participle
  • The company informed its employees that it was going to close.
  • Diane's doctor informed her of her illness.
  • The residents of the area need to be informed of upcoming construction projects. (This sentence shows an infinitive in the passive voice.)
  • The occupants of the building were informed of a gas leak. (This sentence is in the passive voice, past tense.)
  • The company is informing everyone of the new policy.

The word "information" is a noncount noun:

  • How much information do you need?
  • There is some information available at the kiosk.
  • Witnesses provided the police with some important information regarding the explosion.
  • The city has some very important information to pass along to residents. (pass along = give)
  • We made sure everyone got the information.
  • Thanks for the information!
  • A bulletin board is a place where people post information.

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A popular and short form for the word "information" is "info."

  • Thanks for the info.
  • Do you have any info on this?
  • Did the box for the phone contain any info?

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February 9, 2015







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