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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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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
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retrieve
The dog ran to retrieve the ball.
diesel
This truck's engine runs on diesel fuel.
hygiene
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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