• I before E except after C,When the sound is "ee"
  • I before E except after C,Or when sounded as "a"As in "neighbor" or "weigh."
  • I before E except after C,Or when sounded as "a"As in "neighbor" or "weigh."
  • I before E except after C,When the sound is "ee"

i before e (except after c): old-school ways to remember stuff

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English spelling is hard. It's hard for kids to learn it, and it's hard for adults who have already learned it to remember how to do it right. It would be nice to have some consistent, general rules to go by, but alas, there are few. Maybe none. Even the one general rule that most people remember from school is not a very good rule at all: I before E except after C—but not in "eight," or "protein," or "efficient," or "glacier," or "Einstein," or, or, or…

English spelling is hard. It's hard for kids to learn it, and it's hard for adults who have already learned it to remember how to do it right. It would be nice to have some consistent, general rules to go by, but alas, there are few. Maybe none. Even the one general rule that most people remember from school is not a very good rule at all: I before E except after C—but not in "eight," or "protein," or "efficient," or "glacier," or "Einstein," or, or, or…

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AUE: Exceptions to the rule 'I before E except after C'

The rule i before e except after c has many exceptions. In fact it has so many that the British government advised against teaching the rule in June of 2009.