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Learn to Spell Words with the Suffixes -ant, -ance, -ancy

In this worksheet, students will learn how to use the suffixes -ant, -ance, -ancy.

'Learn to Spell Words with the Suffixes -ant, -ance, -ancy' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

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Worksheet Overview

We can use prefixes and suffixes to change the meaning of some words.  

We call the original word a root word.


Suffixes go at the end of words.

For example: cheer + ful = cheerful

The suffix -ful turns a noun (naming word) into an adjective (describing word).


happy girl


In this activity, we will look at the use of the suffixes -ant, -ance, -ancy


There are similar sounding words that end in -ent, -ence, and -ency.  You can practise spelling these words in another activity.


The -ant suffix turns a verb (doing word) into a adjective (describing word). 

For example: expect (verb) becomes expectant (adjective).


The suffixes -ance and -ancy create nouns 

For example: tolerance, expectancy.


But how do we know when to use -ant, -ance, -ancy rather than -ent, -ence, and -ency?

If a word has a word in the same family that ends in -ation, that usually means that it uses -ant, -ance, -ancy

For example hesitant and hesitation.


However, there are many words which don't follow these rules and just have to be learnt!  

Try writing the word down both ways and seeing which looks right.  The more you read, the better you will become at this!


girl reading


Here are some examples of words that use these suffixes that we will practise in this activity:







And the exceptions:




You can listen to them here:


You can break the words up into the root and suffix to help you to spell them

observ ant

hesit ant

hesit ancy

subst ance

expect ant

assist ant

assist ance


Use Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check to practise spellings a few times before we begin the activities.


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