Spelling the endings ant, ent, ance, ence

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words Homophones from this unit:
If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.

current -
1) flow of eg. water
2) ongoing, in use

currant - small dried grape

1) The river had a strong current.
2) Read about current events in the paper.

This cake is full of currants.
Learning tip to help your spelling Think of
1) river with e and current with e Help spelling English word endings ant ent ance ence

2) cake with a and currant with a -
or think of the currants in the cake as being ants.
Help spelling English word endings ant ent ance ence

patience - being patient

patients - plural of patient
She waited with great patience.

This hospital has beds for 200 patients.

dependant (noun) -
person who relies on another

dependent (adjective) -
unable to do without
We have four dependants still living at home.


He is dependent on his medication.

These two words are not strictly homophones, as they do not sound exactly the same - but they are sometimes confused:
president - leader

precedent -
previous case
John F. Kennedy became President in 1963.

This will set a precedent for all future cases .

This completes the work on endings ant, ent, ance, ence.

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