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Spelling 06 - Choose the Right Ending
If you needed glasses would you see an optician, an optitian, an optition or an optision?

Spelling 06 - Choose the Right Ending

English is a treasure house of knowledge on account of the fact that it has thousands of books written by thousand of authors all well versed in the language. These authors take recourse to the innumerable words that are available to them to construct their stories and entertain us. If we learn the workings of the English language then the multitude of words it contains will be at our disposal.

This treasure trove of words consists of base or root words and many more words which are derived from them. Words also draw inspiration from pronunciation and this can help in creating more words. The ‘SHUN’ sound is one that is borrowed to create words that end in ‘TION’, ‘SION’, ‘SSION’, ‘TIAN’ and ‘CIAN’.

The addition of the SHUN sound to a word is not random - there is a method to the formation of new words:

The TIAN and CIAN ending (found in words such as OPTICIAN or DIETITIAN) generally relate to naming hobbies, jobs or skills.

Words that end with TION (such as DIFFRACTION) are words that are formed from base words that are generally verbs (such as DIFFRACT).

Words ending with SION or SSION are also words that are formed from base words that are verbs. For instance, DISCUSSION is formed from DISCUSS.

In the past three quizzes you have learnt the rules to form the words with the suffixes TION, CIAN, TIAN, SION and SSION. While some of the rules are straightforward others need some adjustment. Nevertheless, as with any rules there are always exceptions. It will be a rewarding experience to learn new words and use them to understand the language better and thus communicate more effectively. The following quiz will help you to recap all that you have learnt earlier.
1.
"Wanting to be a ---, Lakshmi joined a course in statistics." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Statistition
Statistission
Statistitian
Statistician
When a word describes an occupation it often ends in 'cian'. This is usually the case when the base or root word ends in 'ic' or 'ics,' The word is derived from the base word 'statistics'
2.
"The --- was entirely due to the non-striker and the striker was run out." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Confutian
Confuscian
Confustion
Confusion
'Confusion' is formed from the base word 'confuse' by adding 'ion' at the end after removing the E. Usually, base words ending in E are converted by removing the E and adding 'ion'
3.
"Saurav took his --- from his school's football team very hard." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Exclucian
Exclusion
Exclutian
Exclution
'Exclusion' is formed from the base word 'exclude' by adding 'sion' at the end after removing the 'de'. Usually, base words ending in 'de' are converted by removing 'de' and adding 'sion''
4.
"The compounder's --- was so strong that the patient threw up." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Concoctian
Concocsion
Concocian
Concoction
'Concoction' is formed from the base word 'concoct' by adding 'ion' at the end. Usually, base words ending in T are converted by adding 'ion'
5.
"Arnab Goswami's --- with Rahul Gandhi was televised live." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Conversatian
Conversacian
Conversation
Conversasion
'Conversation' is formed from the base word 'converse' by adding 'tion' at the end. Usually, base words ending in E are converted by removing the E and adding 'ation'
6.
"The supervisor could not condone the worker's ---." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Transgresion
Transgression
Transgretion
Transgrecian
'Transgression' is formed from the base word 'transgress' by adding 'ion' at the end. Usually, base words ending in SS are converted by adding 'ion'
7.
"I had to call up the --- as the power had shut down in my house." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Electrician
Electrition
Electrision
Electritian
When a word describes an occupation it often ends in 'cian'. This is usually the case when the base or root word ends in 'ic' or 'ics,' The word is derived from the base word 'electric'
8.
"After the operation I was referred to a --- who advised me on my diet." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Dietitian
Dietission
Dietision
Dietition
When a word describes an occupation it often ends in 'tian' or 'cian'. The word 'dietitian' is peculiar in that it can be spelt two ways - DIETITIAN or DIETICIAN. Both spellings are correct
9.
"The policeman's --- of the accused took almost 10 hours." - Fill up the blank by choosing the appropriate word.
Interrogacian
Interrogasion
Interrogation
Interrogatian
Interrogation' is formed from the base word 'interrogate' by adding 'tion' at the end. Usually, base words ending in E are converted by removing the E and adding 'tion'
10.
Choose the odd group
Crucian, friction
Passion, version
Dalmatian, dimension
All the six belong to a common group
All the words are stand alone words and are not derived from root words. When you see a tian/cian/tion/sion ending it isn't always a suffix!
Author:  V T Narendra

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