Spelling ce, ci and cy words - the soft c sound

Words ending in -ce are often spelled differently in Britain and the USA.
This table gives you some examples:

Help spelling British English words with soft sound c British spelling Help spelling American English words with soft sound c American spelling
defence defense
offence offense
pretence pretense
vice (workbench tool) vise
licence(as a noun):
I've lost my driving licence.
license
license (as a verb) is the same in both countries:
He is licensed to drive large trucks
practise (as a verb):I practise the piano every day. practice
practice (as a noun) is the same in both countries:
Get practice in these words.

Note:
The table above shows you the most common US spelling. However, for some of these words, the British spelling is also sometimes used in the USA. Unit 36 tells you a lot more about the differences between British and American spelling.

Pick the list you want to use.
Practise those words by writing each in a sentence.


This is the end of the unit on ce, ci and cy words with
the soft sound of c: /s/ .

Please note:

ci in the middle of a word can sometimes say /sh/ e.g.

musician special gracious

The cian words are in Unit 28.
The cial and cious words are in Unit 30.

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Unit 20: The soft c sound: ce ci cy words

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