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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:11 PM
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Correct use of a word - Question
"To insure compliance" or "to ensure compliance"

Which is it? It thought it was the first but now have doubts.

Thanks!
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:14 PM
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1. They are generally interchangeable
if you mean "making certain of the outcome."

Insure sometimes stresses taking measures beforehand.

:hi:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:17 PM
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3. Insure it is then
It's insuring compliance with applicable federal rules, regulations and policies

Thanks!

:hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:22 PM
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9. In that sentence, without any other context,
I'd go with ensure. Sorry if I'm confusing you. :hi:
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:16 PM
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2. From what I can tell, both are correct, but ensure seems the better
choice.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:18 PM
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4. Ack!
See my reply to MissAmericanPie for the complete sentence. Do you still think it's ensure?

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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:19 PM
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5. Ensure.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:20 PM
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6. Sorry, I still think it is ensure, though you can use either. n/t
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:53 PM
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19. No, ensure is the correct choice.
Ensure means to guarantee or make certain of something. Insure is only used for references to insurance. Believe me, I know, as I am a copy editor.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:22 PM
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Isn't ensure a tinkle prevention drug....
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:22 PM
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7. Lizzie.
Ensure vs. insure.
Some authorities say both words can mean "make certain." And some even say both can mean "guarantee against loss." But careful writers restrict insure to insurance references: "The policy insures your boat." And they reserve ensure to mean "make certain" or "guarantee." Example: "She hopes this will ensure her reelection."





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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:37 PM
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11. this is the best argument I have heard for keeping these 2 words
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 12:38 PM by wildhorses
straight.

Insure=insure

Ensure=to make certain


as far as I am concerned the insurance companies can keep insuring
and I will keep ensuring to stay out of their way :P



edited for typos and psychos :crazy:
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anarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:22 PM
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8. personally, I like "ensure"
But either one will get the point across.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:25 PM
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10. Thanks to all
My original resume was done in paragraphs, so this one word would probably not be an obvious mis-use. Now I'm changing it to bullet points and I wanted to be sure I had the correct word.

:)
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:42 PM
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13. I think ensure is the best word. nt
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:59 PM
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12. Both are correct, but I like ensure...
I save "insure" for usage such as "The museum insured the painting for $2 million."
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:43 PM
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14. Ensure. Insure sounds like insurance. n/t
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 01:44 PM by calico1
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:46 PM
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15. Neither. Use "assure"
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:49 PM
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16. Either or -- personal preference (I use ensure)
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:10 PM
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17. "Insure compliance" sounds like you're getting an insurance policy on it.
If that's what you mean, then "insure." If you mean, "to make sure they comply," then "ensure" would be much more accurate.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:36 PM
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18. Ensure.
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