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What is the difference between Insert and Enter?

If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better?

Insert your data

or

Enter your data

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  • Both are correct. This ngram shows that "enter your data" is more common. – Nico Apr 10 '14 at 9:48
  • @Nico both are correct, certainly! But when it's about filling the form, entering data is preferable I think. To be (even) precise, fill out the form simply means you have to fill it with some data - you enter (talks more about the completion of the process... maybe because we have the 'ENTER' key on our keyboard) or insert! GATA explicitly defined 'process' -that's what I liked about this answer. :) – Maulik V Apr 10 '14 at 10:51
  • I thought I would share this finding. There are uses of "enter/insert your name" as far back as the 19th century. – Nico Apr 10 '14 at 13:57
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You can insert a paragraph, text, a phrase or a clause but it doesn't imply the writing process but "Enter" conveys that sense. So I would choose "Enter". Also, the term data entry makes it further clear!

  • Yeah, I thought to improve it a bit so that to complete this answer and also upvote it ;) – Maulik V Apr 10 '14 at 9:36
  • Grata on first answer. – Inquist Apr 10 '14 at 16:08
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In my opinion, "Enter Your Data" is correct because "Insert" is used for database process.

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    Just because there were two options given, eliminating one does not imply the other is correct. You should still explain why an option is correct or incorrect. Also, insert is used for many purposes other than "database process". – Em. Aug 26 '16 at 6:07

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