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The Complete I Before E Rule - With Explanations

The Complete I Before E Rule - With Explanations

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The Complete I Before E Rule
 
- With Explanations
Memorize the following poem and learnhow to apply each part of the rule. Explanation:Use
i
before
e
.........................................................Means: Unless you have a reason not to,use
ie
as in th
ie
f, bel
ie
ve, pr
ie
st, etc.except after c..........................................................Means: use
cei
as in re
cei
ve, de
cei
ve,
cei
ling, etc.Or when sounded as EYE or AY............................Means: use
ei
in “EYE” words such as
Ei
leen,as in
Ei
nst
ei
n and w
ei
gh. H
ei
di, st
ei
n, St
ei
nbrenner, etc., and use
ei
in “AY” words such as
ei
ght, v
ei
n, v
ei
l, etc.N
ei
ther, w
ei
rd, for
ei
gn, l
ei
sure,.............................and so are: prot
ei
n and caff
ei
ne forf
ei
ture,S
ei
ze, forf
ei
t, and h
ei
ght cod
ei
ne, h
ei
fer, etc. Memorize these!Are exceptions spelled rightBut don’t let the
c-i-e-n
words...............................Means:
cien
as in effi
cien
t, an
cien
t,get you uptight! cons
cien
ce, and suffi
cien
t etc.
Use i before e Family
grief
 
(12.25)
thief 
relief
 
(12.00)
 
chief
 
(7.50)
 
mischief
 
(11.00)
 
priest
 
(12.20)
 
grieve
 
(15.70)
thieve
relieve
 
(14.00)
achieve sieve
niece
 
(13.30)
 
piece
 
(9.55)
 
apiece
 
(11.70)
centerpiece siege besiege
pier 
 
(11.90)
 
bier 
 
tier 
 
frieze 
 
field
 
(7.05)
battlefield
yield
 
(13.90)
 
shield
 
(13.25)
shriek friend fiend view
review
 
(9.80)
 preview
patient
 
(12.65)
impatient
patience 
 
(15.80)
fielder wield
Except after c Family (See p. 441 for -ceive receive family)
receipt
 
(17.60)
 
receiver
 
(14.40)
deceit
deceive
 
(15.70)
deceitful
ceiling
 
(14.05)
 conceivable inconceivable
receipts
 
(17.95)
conceited conceivably
Or when sounded as “EYE”
ein Einstein fraulein Eileen Holstein eidereidetic Pheiffer Feiffer feisty heist meisterEisenhower Eiffel
height
 
(12.45)
Heidi Heidelberg FahrenheitH. J. Heit T. J. Heidt Heifitz sholem aleichem stein heigh-hoWisenheimer Heinlein Heinrich Heinz Heiss HeisenbergWeiss Weissmuller Poseidon Rottweiler apartheid
Or when sounded as “AY”
weigh 
 
(9.25)
 
weight 
 
(7.50)
 
eight 
 
(3.35)
 
freight
 
(11.60)
freighter
neigh 
 
neighbor
 
(10.30)
 
sheik 
 
sheikh 
 
heir 
 
(15.75)
 
their 
 
(7.05)
heinous
lei 
skein vermeil
Eire 
inveigle
feint 
 
sleigh
 
(13.35)
 
deign 
 
reign 
 
(16.75)
 
rein 
Pompeii
feign 
 
veil
 
(16.20)
unveiled
vein 
 
(16.30)
Chow mein
seine 
 
reindeer
 
(13.05)
 
Or when exceptions
neither
 
(10.90)
weird
foreign
 
(14.90)
 
leisure
 
(16.90)
 
seize 
 
(15.15)
forfeit
height
 
(12.45)
weirdo foreigner leisurely seizure forfeitureprotein caffeine codeine heifer surfeit counterfeit
C-I-E-N words
science
 
(9.15)
 
conscience
 
(18.60)
 
ancient
 
(14.60)
 
efficient
 
(18.55)
 
sufficient
 
(18.10)
 scientist conscientious inefficient
efficiency
 
(19.80)
proficient omniscient
scientific
 
(14.85)
prescience inefficiency coefficient proficiency omniscience
Homophones:
 
ceiling/sealing weigh/way weighed/wade weight/wait neigh/nay sleigh/slay reign/rein/rain vein/vain/vane lei/lay Eire/heir/air tier/tearthey’re/there/their seize/sees/seas/c’s pier/peer bier/beer piece/peace feign/fain feint/faint bier/beer pier/peer
 

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