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Sometimes it is difficult to remember whether a word is spelled with -ie or -ei. There is a very simple rule about this:
I Before E, Except After C
I before E
achieve, believe, brief, chief, friend, grief, hygiene, patience, pierce, priest, thief
Except after C
ceiling, conceit, conceive, deceit, deceive, perceive, receipt, receive
Of course, there are some exceptions to this rule.
1. When the sound rhymes with "may", the spelling is -ei:
â€¢ beige, feint, freight, inveigle, neighbour, sleigh, vein, weigh, weight
2. Here are a few more common exceptions:
â€¢ either, neither, caffeine, codeine, counterfeit, foreign, forfeit, height, leisure, protein, their, weird, seize, seizure
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