Endings cial, tial, cious, tious

Teaching point Next, words ending with the sound /shƏs/.
This can be spelled two ways:
spelling word endings cial, tial, cious, tious spelling word endings cial, tial, cious, tious
cious as in 'a delicious dessert' tious as in 'an infectious illness'

Sometimes a root word will give you a clue which spelling to choose,
for example:

Words ending in tion change to tious:   ambition > ambitious
Words ending in ce change to cious:   grace > gracious

Learning Tip for English spelling To learn the words:
1) Look at each one carefully. If necessary, look up the meaning.
2) Write them in groups , using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method.
3)  Then try the online Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check activity for these words.

spelling word endings cial, tial, cious, tious spelling word endings cial, tial, cious, tious
cious as in 'a delicious dessert' tious as in 'an infectious illness'
audacious
auspicious
atrocious
avaricious
conscious
efficacious
ferocious
gracious
loquacious
luscious
judicious
malicious
officious
perspicacious
precious
precocious
pugnacious
salacious
spacious
suspicious
vicious
vivacious
voracious
ambitious
bumptious
cautious
conscientious
contentious
facetious
fictitious
flirtatious
fractious
nutritious
ostentatious
pretentious
repetitious
scrumptious
seditious
superstitious
surreptitious
vexatious

next part of the spelling course Go to a test in cious and tious words.

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Unit 30: Spelling the endings -cial -tial -cious -tious

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