It can be hard to remember when to use assent and when to use ascent. Both words sound the same. They are not spelled the same, but the spelling is very similar. There is only one letter that is different. The rest of the letters are the same.How can you tell the difference between assent and ascent? You do not want to confuse them because they mean different things. Keep reading to learn the difference between assent and ascent.
Let's look at some examples to help you understand the difference.
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"Assent" can be a noun or a verb. The noun means agreement with something. It can also mean approval of something. The verb means to agree with something or to approve something.
"Ascent" is a noun. It usually means the process of traveling up.
It can also mean a path that goes up.
Sometimes, it can mean making progress.
How can you remember when to use ascent and when to use assent? Notice that the only difference in the spelling is the third letter. In ascent, the third letter is a "c." The letter "c" sounds like the English word "see." You can "see" an "ascent" because it is a path. You cannot see an "assent" because it means to agree to something. So the one with the "c" is the one you can "see"!
Mary wishes she did not assent to the hike. The day is already hot, and she is getting very sweaty. But her assent is not something she can take back now that they are half-way up the ascent! At least the flowers are beautiful.
"Come on," her friend Jake says. "If you would assent to walking faster, we could get to the end of the ascent by lunch time."
"Well," she replies. "I wish I could assent to that plan, but this ascent is too steep for me to go any faster! I am afraid that if I tried to do that, I would be assenting to a disaster..."
"I know this is hard," Jake says, "and I'm happy that you assented to climb with me today. I think that once you see the top of the ascent of this mountain, you will be happy that you came. It is amazing!"
Answer the following 10 questions and then check your answers. Each question is worth 10 points.
Part 1: 1. B | 2. A | 3. A | 4. CPart 2: 1. C | 2.D | 3.B | 4.D | 5.D | 6. A
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