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Spelling:  ie or ei?
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Spelling: ie or ei?

Receive, eight and piece have 'ie' or 'ei' in them. These words are often misspelt and therefore it's important to get to know your 'ie' or 'ei' words practically off by heart. There's a little rule that may help you here:

  • 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' or when sounded like 'ay'

Naturally, there are exceptions to the rule. Whilst most people will understand what you mean if you write a word with i and e the wrong way round, it's bad English. If you wish to get a good job when you leave school, an excellent grasp of the English language is a must - and spelling is a key component of this subject.

Test yourself in this 11-plus spelling quiz and see if you can get all ten questions correct at first go. Good luck!

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1.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
chieftain
shriek
cashier
shiek
It should be 'sheik'
2.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
neighbour
iether
height
weight
It should be 'either'
3.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
eight
mischeif
rein
species
It should be 'mischief'
4.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
believe
sieze
vein
weird
It should be 'seize'
5.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
thief
patience
counterfeit
thier
It should be 'their'
6.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
acheive
beige
friend
ceiling
It should be 'achieve'
7.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
receive
grief
niether
protein
It should be 'neither'
8.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
foreign
leisure
preist
hygiene
It should be 'priest'
9.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
ancient
feirce
yield
sleigh
It should be 'fierce'
10.
Which one of the following words has been spelt incorrectly? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'ie' or 'ei'.
peice
brief
sieve
veil
It should be 'piece'
Author:  Frank Evans

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