Assure vs Insure vs Ensure - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


In this video Linda explains the differences between "assure", "insure" and "ensure". They not only sound similar, but those three words also make an outcome sure but they are in no way interchangeable. "Assure" is used to speak out a promise or say something with confidence, for example "I assure you that he is a great lawyer". "Ensure" is used to make something certain, such as here: "Please ensure that you will be home at five o'clock today"."Insure" means to protect an object against risk by buying an insurance policy from an insurance company, like here: "I insure my television because it was expensive". Once you have realized the three different meanings and usages, there is no way you'll confuse them again.

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Talking about the future entails many more options than I had previously recognized. I can foresee teaching about future tenses being rather difficult for the teacher and hard to grasp for the students, but if I can teach grammar correctly and at a slow pace, it will hopefully be understood.This unit was about learning about phrasal verbs and passive voice. It was mostly about how to use proper grammar in a sentence and what to look for. I found it quite difficult to understand the phrasal verbs and would have found it easier if there had been more examples and study questions.This unit was very useful, as future tenses have been something that I've struggled with learning myself. This is a very good overview which explains the usage of each tense as well as giving examples. There are also great teaching ideas to give students a better understanding of each tense.