Spelling rule : i before e, or e before i?

    Spelling rules aren't a lot of use. Usually they are far too complicated. But here is one that works quite well - as long as you remember the whole rule:
    When you want to say -ee-
    it's i before e except after c.
    Try to remember always to say the start of the rule:
    When you want to say ee ....

        1. Work at the rule by separating the following words into two groups and writing them in the boxes below.
    brief     ceiling    perceive    thief     field     deceive   
        achieve     receipt    piece    conceited     relief
        chief    diesel   receive
    i before e








    e before i

    However, when you add -s to words like policy, vacancy and agency, you follow the normal rule for words ending in -y:

    Change the -y to -ie- and add -s
    policy + s = policies     vacancy + s = vacancies

    Notice also, two common exceptions to the i before e rule:    protein   seize
    You may also see "I before E except when you run a feisty heist on a weird neighbour," quoted to prove that the rule doesn't work but you'll notice that none of the "ei"s actually says "ee"! So the rule does work!
    2. Go to a video, a wordsearch, a hangman puzzle or a crossword puzzle for some more practice
    2. Go to a wordsearch, a hangman puzzle or a crossword puzzle for some more practice

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Focus words

believe

field

thief

relief

priest

receive

ceiling

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receipt