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I Before E, Except After C

by May L

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

Rule

I before E

Examples:

achieve, believe, brief, chief, friend, grief, hygiene, patience, pierce, priest, thief

Except after C

Examples:

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:

• beige, feint, freight, inveigle, neighbour, sleigh, vein, weigh, weight


2. Here are a few more common exceptions:

• either, neither, caffeine, codeine, counterfeit, foreign, forfeit, height, leisure, protein, their, weird, seize, seizure

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1. Leo Reynolds

2. Rootytootoot

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Last Updated At Dec 07, 2012
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