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. Many scholars maintain there is no such word as irregardless because regardless already means “without regard.” The -ir prefix is redundant.
Sneaked vs. Snuck
Both sneaked and snuck are commonly used as the past and perfect tenses for sneak. However, in formal writing, sneaked is still preferable to snuck. A writer can’t go wrong using sneaked.
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 or won’t happen
Example: To ensure my family’s safety, I have installed an alarm.
Insure = to issue or purchase an insurance policy
Example: I will insure my home with an additional fire policy.
Choose the correct word:
1. She sneaked/snuck out of the house in the middle of the night.
2. I assure/ensure/insure you that I have been honest about the money I spent.
3. I will assure/ensure/insure my car as required by law.
Pop Quiz Answers
1. She sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night. (Correct)
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 9, 2008, at 6:40 pm