Words Ending in -ance and -ence
A reader asked if there were some easy-to-remember spelling tip for dealing with words ending in -ence and -ance.
Both endings derive from Latin nouns.
Words from Latin nouns ending in -entia
affluence from affluentia, “abundance”
audience from audientia, “a hearing”
benevolence from benevolentia, “good will”
continence from continentia, “self-control”
diligence from diligentia, “accuracy”
Words from Latin nouns ending in -antia
elegance from elegantia, “neatness”
petulance from petulantia, “forward conduct”
significance from significantia, “an indication, a sign”
vigilance from vigilantia, “watchfulness”
tolerance from tolerantia, “enduring”
Here are some of the most common English words with these endings. The only way to spell them correctly–apart from using a spell checker–is to memorize them.
Words ending in -ence:
Words ending in -ance:
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