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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.

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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