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Have you heard of the 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' English spelling rule?

If you look closely at the words in this list, you will notice that they all include the spelling pattern ie to spell the long /e/ sound. You might also notice that none of these words have the letter ‘c’ directly before the ie pattern.

The 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' rule is a good way of getting started with spelling the long /e/ sound, but like with every spelling rule it has its exceptions!

Once you are confident with the words in the list, you can move onto rulebreakers and the six other ways to spell the long /e/ in English.

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

Learn more about these words in Unit 21. The 'I' before 'e' rule – does it work?

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ei saying /ay/ This list contains British English spellings
ei saying /ay/ This list contains American English spellings
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