Spelling list: ie words

One of the best known spelling rules is ā€˜i before e except after cā€™, but does this rule really work? Is it true ALL the time? As with most spelling rules, it works MOST of the time ā€“ but not always. Take a look at these ie words. They all have

field The sheep were let loose in the field. add to list
brief The instructions were too brief. add to list
chief The tribe elected a chief. add to list
grief His death caused terrible grief. add to list
relief There was great relief at the rescue. add to list
mischief That child is getting up to mischief again. add to list
niece My brother's daughter is my niece. add to list
piece Please may I have a piece of cake? add to list
siege The castle was under siege. add to list
priest The priest blessed the people. add to list
fierce The tiger was fierce. add to list
pierce Pierce the lid before cooking. add to list
achieve He wanted to achieve good grades in school. add to list
believe I can't believe she has married him. add to list
relieved * add to list
retrieve The dog ran to retrieve the ball. add to list
diesel This truck's engine runs on diesel fuel. add to list
hygiene Good hygiene keeps germs away. add to list

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