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One of the best known spelling rules is ā€˜i before e except after cā€™, but does this rule really work? Is it true ALL the time? As with most spelling rules, it works MOST of the time ā€“ but not always. Take a look at these ie words. They all have

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The sheep were let loose in the field.
The instructions were too brief.
The tribe elected a chief.
His death caused terrible grief.
There was great relief at the rescue.
That child is getting up to mischief again.
My brother's daughter is my niece.
Please may I have a piece of cake?
The castle was under siege.
The priest blessed the people.
The tiger was fierce.
Pierce the lid before cooking.
He wanted to achieve good grades in school.
I can't believe she has married him.
The dog ran to retrieve the ball.
This truck's engine runs on diesel fuel.
Good hygiene keeps germs away.

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Learn about these words in Unit 21. The 'I' before 'e' rule ā€“ does it work?

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