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Revise Your Suffixes: -cian, -sion and -tion

In this worksheet, students have the opportunity to revise the different rules for adding the 'shun' suffix to words.

'Revise Your Suffixes: -cian, -sion and -tion' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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

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