Spell words ending in the suffixes -cian, -sion an...
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  • Introduction
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There are many different ways of making the 'shun' sound at the end of words.

For example:

nation    magician    television

 

It can be hard to know which suffix to use, but there are rules to help.

 

If the root word ends in c, then the suffix is usually cian. This is often the case with the jobs people do.

optic    optician

 

If the root word ends in d, de, s or se, then the suffix is usually sion.

provide    provision

confuse    confusion

 

Otherwise the suffix is usually tion.

direct    direction

reduce    reduction

  • Question 1
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Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

politic

politician

politision

politition

  • Question 2
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Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

decide

decician

decision

decition

  • Question 3
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Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

pollute

pollucian

pollusion

pollution

  • Question 4
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Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

corrode

corrocian

corrosion

corrotion

  • Question 5
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Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

electric

electrician

electrision

electrition

  • Question 6
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Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

promote

  • Question 7
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Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

collide

  • Question 8
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Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

tactic

  • Question 9
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For the final two questions you need to read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Marvo was a great magician. He often appeared on television productions and was very popular. His tricks caused a lot of confution amongst his audience, who were often looking in the wrong direction when something amazing happened.

  • Question 10
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Read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Paul couldn't make a decision about the direction his career should take once he had finished his educasion. He was good at numbers so thought he might become a mathematician or statistician, but he also liked science and thought he might become an optician.

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