Decoding exercises: "tion"

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Together with the article on possible pronunciation difficulties, this page sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of how they can sound out more correctly the different sounds corresponding to words ending in "tion", basically /ʃən/ and /tʃən/.

These words follow very few easy patterns with almost no exceptions.


  • action, addition, condition, education, function, information, nation, option, position, section, situation


  • ending in "stion": question, suggestion

/ʃən/ or /tʃən/[1][edit]

  • ending in "ntion": attention, intention, mention


  • bastion

Spelling anomaly[edit]

  • /ʒən/: equation

Spanish L1[edit]


  1. Most dictionaries use /ʃən/. For /tʃən/ see Merriam Webster Spanish Central, attention

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