Words Ending with Suffixes “-ent/-ence” and “-ant/-ance”

Words ending in -ent/-ence and -ant/-ance


The suffixes  –ant and –ance or  –ent and –ence can often be added to the same root.

For examples:

  • hesitant/hesitance

The man was hesitant.

His hesitance cost him vital seconds.

  • absent/absence

He is absent from the meeting.

The decision was made in my absence.

1. Words with the suffixes -ent and -ence go together:

Adjectives ending in –ent can change to make nouns ending in –ence:

For examples:

  • absent - absence
  • evident - evidence
  • violent - violence
  • innocent - innocence
  • patient - patience
  • confident - confidence

2. Words with  the suffixes  -ant and  -ance go together:

Adjectives ending in –ant can change to make nouns ending in –ance.

For examples:

  • distant  distance
  • fragrant  fragrance
  • significantsignificance
  • elegant – elegance
  • brilliant - brilliance
  • important  importance

Sentence examples:

  • confident/confidence

He  is  confident (adjective) that we will win.

He has a  lot of  confidence (noun).

  • important/importance

We are having an important (adjective) test on Friday.

We can’t forget the importance  (noun) of  this test.

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