-ANCE noun suffix

Most nouns ending with ‘-ance’ are rare in student work.  They are by far most suitable for the advanced levels.  Here is a list ranked from most to least frequent on iWeb corpus.

performance, chance, insurance, balance, distance, maintenance, assistance, importance, appearance, resistance, compliance, guidance, advance, entrance, substance, finance, dance, instance, alliance, attendance, acceptance, significance, clearance, governance, surveillance, tolerance, allowance, abundance, assurance, romance, stance, endurance, glance, fragrance, appliance, ignorance, renaissance, relevance, ambulance, freelance, inheritance, elegance, reliance, dominance, circumstance, variance, resonance, issuance, imbalance, ordinance, avoidance, nuisance, disturbance, disappearance, remembrance, vengeance, impedance, intolerance, brilliance, lance, allegiance, resemblance, repentance, perseverance, arrogance, ambiance, grievance, acquaintance, reassurance, annoyance, reluctance, trance, reconnaissance, fiance, deliverance, observance, defiance, radiance

 

There are exceptions:

Mixed : FRANCE (NP1) INSTANCE (REX22) ACCORDANCE (II32)

Always verbs: ENHANCE_(VVI_VV0) REFINANCE_(VV0) Adjectives:  HIGH-PERFORMANCE (JJ)  LONG-DISTANCE (JJ)

Could be noun or verb: ADVANCE_(VVI_NN1_VV0) DANCE_(NN1_VV0_VVI) BALANCE_( VVI_NN1) FINANCE _(NN1_VV0_VVI)