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    Same prepositions for "insured" and "insurance"?

    Is it a toss-up between for and against in these two sentences?

    We're insured ________ that sort of thing.

    We have insurance _______ that sort of thing.

    The kind of insurance I am referring to is the 'standard' kind (that you take out at Mutual of Omaha)!

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    Re: Same prepositions for "insured" and "insurance"?

    Hmm. This is the rule I go by,

    If insur- refers to a monetary amount, use 'for'. (at the price of)

    If insur- refers to something terrible happening, use 'against'. (protection)


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    Re: Same prepositions for "insured" and "insurance"?

    Good rule of thumb. Thanks!

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