Spelling words with ei and ie

Requested and Answered by Frank on 16-Feb-2010 14:09

Spelling words with ei and ie

When the sound is a long "e" (as in feed), write "i" before "e", except after "c". After "c" reverse the spelling ("ei"):

After other letters
believe, yield, reprieve
After c
ceiling, perceive, conceit

The problem with this rule is that it works only when "ei"/"ie" sounds like the "ee" in feet. If it has any other sound, you should write "ei" even after letters other than "c":

foreign, vein, freight

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