Incorrect spelling, explanation: both learners and native users of English often hesitate whether to use the -ent or -ant ending as both of them are common endings of many English words. Equivalent is one of such words that causes this particular spelling problem as a frequent mistake is to spell the word as
equivalant. This form, however, is wrong so always pay attention to spell it correctly.
Correct spelling, explanation: equivalent is a word that comes from Latin and Old French. Even so long time ago it had a similar spelling and meaning to the one we know today. Naturally, the word has changed a little over the centuries and today it can be used either as an adjective or a noun and functions in both spoken and written language.
Definition of equivalent:
1. a noun or an adjective – refers to something that has the same qualities, meanings, and values as something else:
He wants to have equivalent duties, but earn more money, which isn’t likely to happen.
What is the equivalent of $20 in your national currency?
Expressions with equivalent
The word equivalent often goes together with to preposition, e.g.:
One mile is equivalent to 1.6 kilometers.
Some typical collocations include equivalent price, cash equivalent, equivalent level.
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