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  1. Colee's Avatar
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    #1

    What's the difference between Assure and Ensure?

    I'm in need of assistance since I can't wrap my head around these two terms. Assure and Ensure sound so similar to me and I tend to use them arbitrary. Now I saw some differences between these two words and I still can't figure it out. On top of it all, when I speak with my English speaking friends I know I've used this words wrong and they didn't correct me, are English speaking natives confused about this thing as well ?
    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: What's the difference between Assure and Ensure?

    The site you linked us to did a pretty good job of explaining the two, I thought.
    Was there any particular part of the explanations that confused you?
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    #3

    Re: What's the difference between Assure and Ensure?

    The definitions aren't bad. But to be fair, some of the link is confusing. For instance, this example is wrong: "I ensure you that your child will be fine with us."

    No. I don't ensure you. I assure you!

    Colee, look in a better dictionary. Print dictionaries are usually better than online. (I assure you that using a print dictionary will ensure that the definition is correct.)

    Meanwhile here are more examples:
    - I assured him that the ladder is safe. / I inspected the ladder to ensure that it's safe.

    - Can you assure me that they'll cash my check? / Let me phone them to ensure that they'll cash your check.

    - She doubted that I would return and needed to be assured. / She made me leave her my wallet, watch, keys, smartphone, and ring to ensure that I would return.

    To assure is kind of like promising. To ensure is kind of like getting insurance.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 22-Apr-2020 at 14:51.
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    #4

    Re: What's the difference between Assure and Ensure?

    You assure a person. Remove doubts. Promise.

    You ensure that an outcome or event will happen.

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