When you persist, you keep on doing something, or keep on trying, even though you haven't done well yet. And when a thing persists—like when the rain persists, or when a loud noise persists—it keeps on going, or keeps on happening.
On weekend mornings, I want to sleep late, but my cat wants me to wake up. She persists in swatting me in the face: that means she keeps swatting me, over and over, even though I'm ignoring her. She's very persistent. In fact, her persistence is pretty annoying! And she probably thinks that my persistence in sleeping is annoying.
Usually, you persist when things get hard, or you persist when people are telling you "no." If you keep asking someone a question that they won't answer, or if you keep asking someone for something that they won't give you, you're persisting. You're being persistent.
Although it's often people who persist—we persist in doing things—it can also be things that persist, too, when they keep on going. If a problem persists even though we've been trying to solve it, that means the problem keeps on happening. If you have a cold, and your cold persists even though you've been resting and taking good care of yourself, that means your cold keeps on going.
But persistent things aren't always bad! If your good mood persists even though annoying things are happening to you, that means your good mood keeps on going.
Hopefully you can tell by now that persistence can be a good thing, even a great thing! If you keep trying, and keep working hard, despite difficulties and setbacks, then your persistence is admirable.
Lastly, let's focus on how to spell these words. When you write "persistent" and "persistence," be sure to use an E and not an A for the final vowel: don't write "persistant" or "persistance." You can think of the E as being persistent here! It keeps on showing up!
Make a flash card:
You can write your own definition and choose your own picture, or copy mine.
to keep going, keep trying, or keep doing something
Write your own sentence!
You can use any of the ideas I'll suggest, or you can invent your own. Include as much detail as you can!
(Source) Write a sentence with the word PERSIST, PERSISTENT, or PERSISTENCE:
Remember: to persist is to try again and again, or to do the same thing again and again.
Idea 1: "My love for (some activity, or some kind of animal) has persisted for (a certain length of time)."
Idea 2: "It was difficult to learn how to (do something); I had to be persistent, especially when I would (mess up somehow, or make a mistake somehow)."
Idea 3: "If you want to succeed in (some sport, game, or activity), you'll need persistence: you can't just expect to (do some difficult part of it) the first time you try.”
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