assure

动词assure与insure, ensure和guarantee语义相似。但与后三者相比,assure肯定的含义要弱。再者,与 insure, ensure和guarantee表达的一种让某事确定的含义不同,assure其最自然的用法表达的是一种让(或试着让) 某人相信某事是确信的。

  1. The simplicity of this approach assures us of its general applicability.
  2. The patient was assured by his doctor that the side effects of the treatment would be minimal.

以下我们列举了最常误用assure的情况。

  1. The fact that M is a unitary matrix assures that it preserves the inner product.
  2. With this method of administration, the active ingredients are stored separately, and not mixed until immediately before ingestion. This assures maximal potency.

在以上每个句子中,“assures” 都被误用了。 在(3)中,应用insures, ensures 或 guarantees替代;而在(4) 中, insures, ensures, guarantees, facilitates和allows for则均可。

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