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It was suggested by the neighborhood gang that the shopkeeper take out insurance to keep his store safe. In this example, the gang members are extorting money from the shopkeeper by threatening to damage the store themselves if he doesn't give them money.

†There are a few slang and specialized contexts in which assurance and insurance are used where we might expect to find the nonexistent ensurance. For example, insurance is sometimes used figuratively in non-financial criminal contexts, as in The drug kingpin kidnapped the witness's sister as insurance against further harmful testimony; assurance is sometimes used by engineers and architects, as in The architect's design included some assurances against potential damage due to high winds. Here kidnapping the witness's relative and added safety features are intended to ensure a desired result (though one might argue that the latter example is actually the traditional use of assurance, with the building's owners or the public in general being implied as the ones being assured).

REFERENCES

1. Bernstein, T. Do's, Don'ts, and Maybes of English Usage. New York: Times Books, 1977.

2. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th edition. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003.

3. The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

4. Einstein, C. How to Communicate. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985.

5. Trimble, J. Writing with Style. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975.

6. Sellers, L. Keeping Up the Style. London: Pitman, 1975. (来源:英语杂志 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

 
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