Spelling the endings ant, ent, ance, ence

Next, the endings -ance and -ence.

Help spelling English word endings ant ent ance ence Help spelling English word endings ant ent ance ence
ance as in elegance ence as in correspondence

Teaching point 1) Adjectives ending in ant can change to make nouns
ending in ance :
elegant > elegance distant > distance brilliant > brilliance

2) Adjectives ending in ent can change to make nouns ending in ence :

evident  >
evidence
different  >  
difference
violent  >
violence

Use the vowel clue from the adjective to help spell the noun - and vice versa.

Study these words and learn them by using the same tips as before:

Help spelling English word endings ant ent ance ence Help spelling English word endings ant ent ance ence
ance as in elegance ence as in correspondence
abundance
acquaintance
admittance
allowance
arrogance
assistance
defiance
dominance
extravagance
fragrance
ignorance
importance
tolerance
radiance
relevance
reluctance
repentance
resistance
resonance
significance
tolerance
vigilance
absence
adolescence
affluence
belligerence
competence
confidence
convenience
dependence
diligence
evidence
excellence
existence
impudence
incidence
lenience
magnificence
obedience
opulence
patience
persistence
presence
reverence
The ance and ence suffixes are also not only used on ant or ent words, but on others also, for example:
appearance
annoyance
ambulance
alliance
appliance
avoidance
balance
circumstance
clearance
disturbance
endurance
entrance
grievance
guidance
maintenance
nuisance
performance
substance
vengeance
audience
circumference
conference
conscience
essence
experience
innocence
intelligence
interference
persistence
reference
residence
science
sentence
sequence
silence
succulence
turbulence

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Unit 33: Spelling the word endings -ant -ent -ance -ence
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