Regardless vs. Irregardless; Sneaked vs. Snuck; Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure
Regardless vs. Irregardless
Some words in the English language are so overused that we don’t notice that they are incorrect or don’t even exist. A perfect example is irregardless. There is no such word as irregardless because regardless already means without regard. The —ir prefix is redundant.
Sneaked vs. Snuck
Sometimes, two forms of a word may be correct. For example, both sneaked and snuck may be used as the past and perfect tenses for sneak.
Example: She snuck up on him. OR She sneaked up on him.
Example: She has snuck up on him twice while he was napping. OR She has sneaked up on him twice while he was napping.
Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure
These three words can be confusing.
Assure = to promise or say with confidence
Example: Let me assure you that I will be at the meeting.
Ensure = to make sure something will/won’t happen
Example: To ensure my family’s safety, I have installed an alarm.
Insure = to issue an insurance policy
Example: I will insure my home with an additional fire policy.
1. She sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night.
2. I ensure you that I have been honest about the money I spent.
3. I will ensure my car as required by law.
1. She sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night. (Correct OR snuck)
2. I assure you that I have been honest about the money I spent.
3. I will insure my car as required by law.
Posted on Saturday, August 9th, 2008, at 6:40 pm