Believe or deceive?

Ie or ei? What a dilemma!

October 05, 2018 03:54 pm | Updated 03:54 pm IST

My n ie ce has a w ei rd for ei gn fr ie nd. Can you bel ie ve it? Getting all the spellings in that sentence right could drive you crazy!Ei or ie? That can be a mind boggling dilemma.

Here’s a popular rhyme to help you!

I before an e

Except after c,

Or when sounded like ‘a’

As in neighbour and weigh,

Either, neither, leisure and seize

Are exceptions, so watch for these!

Let’s discuss this line by line.

I before e…

Examples: ach ie ve, bel ie f, bel ie ve, br ie f, ch ie f, d ie , f ie ld, f ie rce, fr ie nd, gr ie f, n ie ce, p ie ce, rel ie f, sh ie ld, th ie f, y ie ld

Except after c…

Examples: c ei ling, conc ei ve, rec ei ve, dec ei ve

Or when sounded like ‘a’

As in n ei ghbour and w ei gh...

Other examples: b ei ge, ei ght, fr ei ght, n ei ghbour, r ei gn

Ei ther, n ei ther, l ei sure and s ei ze

Are exceptions, so watch for these !

Other exceptions: Caff ei ne, prot ei n

Hey, n ie ce! Your fr ie nd may be w ei rd and for ei gn, but love her for what she is!

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