Common words include the nouns "nation", "ration", "action".
- After -scribe-, the B changes to a P. e.g. subscribe -> subscription.
Traditionally, this would have been pronounced as two syllables, but in modern English it's pronounced as one. Despite this, the syllable stress still follows the same pattern where what was the antepenultimate syllable is stressed. So, in a straightforward noun ending -tion the syllable stress falls on the syllable before -tion. -tion is therefore itself always an unstressed syllable. In a trisyllabic word, the syllable two previous is therefore an unstressed syllable. This continues to hold true for adjectives and adverbs containing -tion.
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Words that don't include this morpheme but are spelt -tion
Sometimes the spelling "tion" can be found in words that do not contain this morpheme, especially cation (/ˌkætˈaɪən/) not */ˈkeɪʃən/.