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Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure
(This tip last ran in an E-Newsletter in late 2009. It created so much discussion that new comments are still coming in! See Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure. We realize that the distinctions between these words are not always quite so clearly delineated as presented here and there is overlap in some dictionary definitions. However, most people found this very helpful. That's why we thought it would be a good time to reissue this Grammar Tip.)
The three words, assure, ensure, and insure, are often confused so here are the definitions along with some examples to help clarify the distinctions for you.
Assure: to promise or say with confidence
Example: Let me assure you that I will be at the meeting at noon.
Ensure: to make sure something will/won’t happen
Example: To ensure my family’s safety, I have installed an alarm system.
Insure: to issue an insurance policy
Example: I will insure my home with additional fire and flood policies.
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Choose the correct word in each sentence. Scroll down to view answers.
1. I assure/ensure/insure you that I have been honest about the money I spent.
2. I will assure/ensure/insure my car as required by law.
3. Mauricio saved money from every paycheck to assure/ensure/insure he could buy gifts for his family at the end of the year.
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1. I assure you that I have been honest about the money I spent.
2. I will insure my car as required by law.
3. Mauricio saved money from every paycheck to ensure he could buy gifts for his family at the end of the year.
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