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

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.

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

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ancient
efficient
sufficient
conscience
protein
seize
weird
foreign
sovereign
forfeit
counterfeit
height
either
neither
leisure
science

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