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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
An efficient machine works well.
sufficient
Have you sufficient money for a cab 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
To forfeit means to give up.
counterfeit
Counterfeit bank notes have been forged.
height
The height of the Eiffel Tower is 300m.
either
You can have either of these two cakes.
neither
Neither Jim nor Jack is fit to play.
leisure
In my leisure time I enjoy swimming.
science
Astronomy is the science of the stars.

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