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Ensure vs Insure

 
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Kebo



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:58 am    Post subject: Ensure vs Insure Reply with quote

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I have always thought only 'ensure' could be used in the instance above. I'm not trying to be a whinger (I'm assuming that the MOD Team is correct and I'm misinformed) but since i gave my ESL books away, it drives me crazy not knowing. It's Karma for Photocopying Raymond Murphy's book instead of buying it all those years ago.

Someone please set me straight?
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phis



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoops! Your challenging the mod team? Be careful!
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Llamalicious



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your? Smile
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parrothead



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both can be used, as the MOD squad no doubt already know. They just happen to lean American in their spelling...
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guruengerish



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: insure? Reply with quote

I was always taught that you pay a premium to insure your valuables, you also pay for an assurance policy, and you must ensure that you pay on time.

The difference, I'm told between insurance and assurance is that 'insurance' is "IF" and 'assurance' is WHEN.

Speaking of spelling differences and also odd words, I read the other day in a US article on the web, where the cat 'drug' in a dead mouse.

It turns out that this is correct usage, for the 17th century, so there's a relic.
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TEAM_PAPUA



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: * Reply with quote

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It's Karma for Photocopying Raymond Murphy's book instead of buying it all those years ago.


Why didn't you keep the photocopied book?

It should read ensure NOT insure. The Mods all teach in EF, so what do they know?
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Chancellor



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm inclined to say that the correct word is "ensure" in the context of the quoted passage.

http://englishinfocus1.googlepages.com/Assure_Ensure_Insure.htm
http://www.accu-assist.com/grammar-tips-archive/GrammarTip_homophone-potpourri-3.htm
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nyxredus



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you look at their spelling they are quite similar to each other where they are only different from one another due to a few letters. But for the sake of proper word usage it is best to clarify the differences between these three words.

http://writersopt.com/ensure-vs-insure-vs-assure/
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