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    pelanggan setia kandalf's Avatar
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    -ence vs -ent

    I always forget when I should use '-ence' and when I should use another one.

    We celebrate Independence day.
    There have been a lot of improvement.
    He need to take the placement test.
    My correspondent did not pick up his phone.

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    Yes, suffix is sucks

    As far as I remember,
    -ence is usually for noun (see: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/-ence)
    -ent is usually [originally] for adjectives, but later on also appear in nouns (see: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/-ent)

    It is hard to differentiate those two since we have to see its Latin origin first.

    From your example:

    Quote Originally Posted by kandalf View Post
    We celebrate Independence day.
    There have been a lot of improvement.
    He need to take the placement test.
    My correspondent did not pick up his phone.
    Independence > Noun
    Correspondent > The origin of this word is as an adjective (see: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/correspondent)

    meanwhile, Improvement and Placement are words with suffix -ment

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