So, I Before E, except after C...but what what "science" and "weight"?
The Complete I Before E Rule - With Explanations
|Memorize the following poem and learn how to apply each part of the rule.||Explanations|
|Use i before e|| Unless you have a reason not to, use ie as in thief, believe, priest, etc. |
|Except after c|| except after c Means: use cei as in receive, deceive, ceiling, etc. |
| Or when sounded as "EYE" or "AY" |
as in Einstein and weigh.
| Or when sounded as EYE or AY Means: use ei in "EYE" words such as Einstein, Eileen, Heidi, stein, Steinbrenner, etc. It also means use ei in "AY" words such as weigh, eight, vein, veil. |
| Neither, weird, foreign, leisure, |
Seize, forfeit, and height
Are Exceptions spelled right
| And so are: protein and caffeine forfeiture, codeine, heifer, etc. Memorize these! |
|But don't let the C-I-E-N words get you uptight!||Means: cien as in efficient, ancient, conscience, and sufficient etc.|