Spelling Words With EI and IE: “I Before E Except After C” Rule

I Before E, Except After C

The rule goes like this:

I before E, Except after C,
unless it sounds like A,
as in neighbor or weigh

There are many exceptions to this rule—maybe it’s better to think of it as a guideline—but it can be helpful with words like the ones below.

I before E

Would you like a piece of cake?
Jerry will believe anything.
They’re planting new grass on the football field.

Except before C

Darnell received an A on his spelling test.
Jeremy spotted a spider on the ceiling.
I never expected such deceit from you!

Unless it sounds like A

Our neighbors live in a beige house.
How much does the kitten weigh?

Here’s a tip: It’s a good idea to memorize these common exceptions to the rule:

seize, either, weird, height, foreign, leisure, conscience, counterfeit, forfeit, neither, science, species, sufficient

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