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Believe or deceive?

Ie or ei? What a dilemma!

My niece has a weird foreign friend. Can you believe 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: achieve, belief, believe, brief, chief, die, field, fierce, friend, grief, niece, piece, relief, shield, thief, yield

Except after c…

Examples: ceiling, conceive, receive, deceive

Or when sounded like ‘a’

As in neighbour and weigh...

Other examples: beige, eight, freight, neighbour, reign

Either, neither, leisure and seize

Are exceptions, so watch for these!

Other exceptions: Caffeine, protein

Hey, niece! Your friend may be weird and foreign, but love her for what she is!

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