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Study the word list: ie and ei words: rulebreakers

This list has some of the words that break the rule i before e except after c but only when the sound is e.

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ancient
Greece has many ancient ruins.
efficient
He was an efficient worker.
sufficient
Do you have sufficient money for a bus ride home?
conscience
My conscience is completely clear.
protein
A balanced diet should contain protein.
seize
Did you see him seize my purse?
weird
I heard a very weird noise in the night.
foreign
We love foreign travel.
sovereign
A reigning king or queen is a sovereign.
forfeit
He will forfeit his chance of promotion.
counterfeit
They found counterfeit money at his home.
height
He was at the height of his popularity.
either
You can have either of these two cakes.
neither
Neither of my friends could come out to play.
leisure
I enjoy a balance of work and leisure time.
science
David hopes to excel in his science exam.

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