Words ending with Suffixes -ent/-ence and -ant/-ance.
The suffixes –ant and –ance or –ent and –ence can often be added to the same root.
The man was hesitant.
His hesitance cost him vital seconds.
He is absent from the meeting.
The decision was made in my absence.
Words Ending with Suffixes -ent and -ence
Adjectives ending in –ent can change to make nouns ending in –ence:
- absent – absence
- evident – evidence
- violent – violence
- innocent – innocence
- patient – patience
- confident – confidence
Words Ending with Suffixes -ant and -ance
Adjectives ending in –ant can change to make nouns ending in –ance.
- distant distance
- fragrant fragrance
- significant significance
- elegant – elegance
- brilliant – brilliance
- important importance
He is confident (adjective) that we will win.
He has a lot of confidence (noun).
We are having an important (adjective) test on Friday.
We can’t forget the importance (noun) of this test.
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