Grain of Grammar: I before E

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One of the reasons English is such a difficult language to learn is because English has so many grammar and spelling rules; but, we always break them! Take a look at this week’s Grain of Grammar from ECLA teacher, Carly, to learn some great tips!


Spelling tip: I before E

Spelling in English is difficult. There are some rules you can follow, but there are always exceptions to the rules. However, it is still helpful to learn the rules of English spelling.

Here’s a helpful rule: Put “I” before “E” except after “C,” or when sounding like “A” as in neighbor or weigh.

– IE EXAMPLES: believe, fierce, friend

– EI AFTER C EXAMPLES: deceive, ceiling, receipt

However, there are exceptions to this rule.

– EXCEPTIONS EXAMPLES: weird, neither

Spelling in English is a difficult skill to master, but it will be easier to learn if you know the rules (and the exceptions)!


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