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Words ending in the 'shun' sound

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Words ending in the 'shun' sound

In a nutshell

Words which end with the sound 'shun' are usually nouns, or names for people, places and things. These words sound similar but they can be spelt in a number of different ways. How you spell the 'shun' sound depends on the ending of the root word. In this summary, you'll learn how to spell words ending with the 'shun' sound. 



The suffix '-tion'

The suffix '-tion' is the most common spelling of the 'shun' sound. It's often used to turn verbs into nouns when the root word ends in 't' or 'te'. These words usually have a softer 'shun' sound.


Examples

Verb

​​Invent

Act

Delete

noun

Invention

Action

Deletion



The suffix '-sion'

The suffix '-sion' is used if the root words ends in 'd' or 'se'. These words also have a harsher 'zhun' sound than words ending in '-tion'.


Examples

verb

Tense

Expand

Suspend

noun

Tension

Expansion

Suspension



The suffix '-cian' 

The suffix '-cian' is used if the root word ends with 'c' or 'cs'. Nouns ending in '-cian' are usually jobs or professions.


Examples

'Magic' becomes 'magician'.

'Music' becomes 'musician'.

'Optic' becomes 'optician'.



The suffix '-ssion'

The '-ssion' suffix is used if the root word ends in 'mit' or 'ss'.


Examples

'Admit' becomes 'admission'.

'Obsess' becomes 'obsession​'.

'Confess' becomes 'confession'.



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FAQs

  • Question: When is the 'tion' suffix used?

    Answer: The 'tion' suffix is the most common spelling of the 'shun' sound. It's used to turn verbs into nouns if the root word ends in 't' or 'te'. For example, 'invent' becomes 'inven​tion​'.

  • Question: When is the 'ssion' suffix used?

    Answer: The 'ssion' suffix is used if the root word ends in 'mit' or 'ss'. For example, 'admit' becomes 'admission'.

  • Question: When is the 'sion' suffix used?

    Answer: The 'sion' suffix is used if the root word ends in 'd' or 'se'. For example, 'tense' becomes 'tension'.

  • Question: When is the 'cian' suffix used?

    Answer: The 'cian' suffix is used if the root word ends with 'c' or 'cs'. For example, 'magic' becomes 'magician'. These words are usually jobs or professions.

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