On Tue, 26 Jul 2005 14:16:06 -0400, Anton Sherwood <bronto@...>

> To a first approximation, a word has -ant/-ance/-ancy if its root is a
> Latin a-stem verb, -e- otherwise.

Many thanks! Had been wondering for a long time, thinking just possibly
that the original Latin spelling was the determiner. You confirmed and


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