I before E





I before E : Grammar and Spelling Tips



The spelling rule that most people know best is
i before e except after c. Generally it's safe to follow this rule.


Examples : achieve, believe, niece, siege and yield besides ceiling, conceive, deceive, and receive.


One very important exception is
seize spelled with e before i. Others are caffeine and protein.


Species goes the other way with ie following c.


I and e in combination can represent a lot of sounds besides long e. You may have problems with some of these as well:


• Short
e: spelled ie in friend; but ei in leisure, heifer


• Short
i: ie in mischief, sieve; ei in forfeit, counterfeit.


• eir:
ie in fierce; ei in weird


• Others to remember; foreign; height and weight (spelled the same way though they sound different); hierarchy; kaleidoscope; veil.


Long e can cause some problems when it's spelled in other ways too. A and e are worth noticing:


• Ea is a very common spelling for long e, as in heat or breathe.


• Be careful to put the
a before the e in anaesthetize, haemoglobin and leukaemia.





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