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ie words

These words follow the famous 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' rule for spelling the long /e/ sound.

Notice there is no 'c' directly before the 'ie' in any of these words.

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.

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