Correct spelling, explanation: the history of the word absent dates back to the 14th century. It originates from Old French absent, ausent absentm and directly from Latin absentem (nominative absens), the present participle of abesse. The etymology makes it clear that this word should be spelled with the -s consonant, not -c. Therefore, the only correct form is absent, not
Definition of absent:
1. adjective, not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing
Growing up, Jane struggled with her identity due to her absent mother.
The company had to scramble to cover the workload of the absent employee, who unexpectedly called in sick.
2. verb, to not go to or be in a place where you are expected to be
If you absent yourself from work too often, it could negatively impact your job performance and career prospects.
John was absent from the meeting yesterday because he had a family emergency to attend to.
3. preposition, without
Absent any new information, we will proceed with our original plan.
Absent a signed contract, we cannot move forward with the project.
Collocations with absent:
Some most commonly used collocations include: absent expression, absent parent
His face had an absent expression as if he was lost in thought.
Many children from divorced families have to deal with absent parents.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: you shouldn’t spell this word as
abcent, because this version doesn’t exist in any dictionary. If you want to be sure how to write it down, just check the etymology. Absent originates from Old French absent. As you can see, there is no place for the -c letter in this word. Be careful not to make this mistake, because the spelling may be confusing because of the similarity of the -c and the -s.
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