Have you been so confused about when to use “assure,” “ensure,” and “insure” that you actually go back and rewrite your sentence to avoid using the word? I do that.
“Ensure” and “insure” derive from the Latin word securus, which means “safe” or “secure.” This Latin word also give us “sure,” “secure,” “assure,” and “security.” These three verbs—assure, ensure, insure—all have the same general meaning: “to make sure.” The devil is in the details, and context is key to determining when to use each of these words.
The simplest way I’ve found to keep these three words straight is as follows:
Quick tip: You can only assure things that are alive—assure/alive—both start with A.