I am confused about using the suffixes "ance" and "ence". Where would I use "ance" and where "ence"? Is there some important rule about this?

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    I think this would be better suited for our sister site, English Language Learners. If you are a native speaker, consider making this question more robust by adding examples of what you mean. – David M Feb 26 '14 at 17:45

The rule is, when your spelling checker underlines a word ending with -ance in red, try -ence. ;-)

There's no easy to remember rule. The words are typically derived from Latin words ending -antia and -entia. Though as English spelling was standardized somewhat inconsistently, even that's not an especially good guide for English.

  • In AE, both suffixes are acceptable in "ambiance". – Elian Feb 26 '14 at 18:35

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