Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, insure vs. ensure, Quiz, spelling
Which is correct?
A security policy should stipulate requirements for each department to _______ that confidential information and technologies are not compromised.
Both insure and ensure mean to make certain of something but insure is most often associated with insurance — taking out a house insurance policy, for example, to protect your financial investment in your property.
There are those who claim the two can be used interchangeably but we think that, since a useful distinction exists, their meanings should be understood differently.
Charles Carlson digs deeper into the ensure vs. insure issue for Grammar Girl.
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