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The suffix -ment

Sometimes you have to work out whether a word ends with -ent or -ant.

A trick that might help is to check if the word ends with the suffix -ment. Does the word describe the action or result of a verb? For example, a payment is the result of paying or an agreement is the result of agreeing.

For words that end with the suffix -ment, always use the -ent spelling.

payment
Bob regretfully couldn't make the payment.
agreement
The whole family was in agreement.
investment
He made a large investment in the company.
engagement
The couple celebrated their engagement.
government
The government cuts will affect everyone.
achievement
The win was a great achievement.
adjustment
There was an adjustment in today's schedule.
advertisement
I saw an advertisement for a new drink.
amazement
To my amazement, he arrived on time.
amusement
To my amusement, my friend burst out laughing.
nourishment
A plant needs the correct nourishment to grow.
punishment
The judge handed out a harsh punishment to the criminal.
encouragement
Her family gave her encouragement to succeed.
development
Development of new business is vital to an economy.
replacement
The bicycle needed a replacement wheel.
entertainment
Reading, sports and games are all forms of entertainment.
management
The company was now under new management.
excitement
The football commentator yelled in excitement.
commitment
Playing in a team requires commitment.
improvement
I saw a noticeable improvement in the Year 6 spelling scores.

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Learn about these words in Unit 33. Word endings: -ant, -ent, -ance, -ence

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Other lists from Unit 33. Word endings: -ant, -ent, -ance, -ence

Adjectives ending in -ant
Nouns ending in -ant
Adjectives ending in -ent
Nouns ending in -ent
-ance words, Set 1
-ance words, Set 2
-ence words, Set 1
-ence words, Set 2
-ancy words
-ency words

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