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ei saying /ay/

These ei words do not follow the rule i before e except after c. This is because they have the long /a/ sound.

vein
A vein carries blood to the heart.
rein
A rein is a strap used to lead a horse.
reign
We lived under a reign of terror.
deign
Will the boss deign to attend our party?
feign
I will feign illness to avoid going to work.
neigh
I heard the horse neigh from the stable.
eight
I get to work at eight o'clock.
weigh
Weigh the ingredients carefully.
weight
To win the cake you must guess its weight.
freight
The freight was loaded onto the ship.
neighbour British English spelling
Their new neighbour was very kind.
sheik
The sheik wore traditional dress.
veil
The bride wore a long white veil.
beige
The golfer wore beige slacks.
sleigh
The kids enjoyed the sleigh ride.

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

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