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Spelling:  ie or ei?
The 'ei' in the word 'freight' sounds like 'ay'.

Spelling: ie or ei?

Let's tackle a KS2 English spelling quiz about words with 'ie' or 'ei'. You may know the rule: 'I before E, except after C'. It helps decide how to spell words, but there's an exception: always use 'ei' for the 'ay' sound (like in 'eight').

These spellings can be tricky with exceptions. Take your time and practice this quiz more than once to get comfy with 'ie' or 'ei' words.

Test your 'ie' and 'ei' spelling skills, but be careful of the exceptions, in this quiz!

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1.
Spell the missing words correctly.
Mrs. Harrison's ____ caught the ____.
niece, theif
neice, theif
niece, thief
neice, thief
These two words follow the rule.
2.
Spell the missing words correctly.
His mum couldn't ____ it was his ____ birthday.
believe, eighteenth
beleive, eighteenth
believe, ieghteenth
beleive, ieghteenth
Eighteenth has the 'ay' sound.
3.
Spell the missing words correctly.
____ you will ____ it or you will not!
Either, beleive
Iether, beleive
Either, believe
Iether, believe
'Either' is an exception, as is 'neither'.
4.
Spell the missing words correctly.
They were ____ to find out that there would be no ____ lecture today.
releived, hygeine
relieved, hygeine
releived, hygiene
relieved, hygiene
'Relieved' and 'hygiene' both follow the i before e rule.
5.
Spell the missing words correctly.
The ____ was surprised to ____ an unexpected parcel in the post.
priest, recieve
preist, recieve
priest, receive
preist, receive
Remember: i before e (priest), except after c (receive).
6.
Spell the missing words correctly.
He remembered to step carefully in the loft because the ____ could not hold his ____.
cieling, weight
ceiling, weight
cieling, wieght
ceiling, wieght
Weight follows the 'ay' rule.
7.
Spell the missing words correctly.
The ____ executive opened the new ____ centre.
chief, leisure
cheif, leisure
chief, liesure
cheif, liesure
Remember: i before e (chief); 'leisure' is an exception.
8.
Spell the missing words correctly.
The receptionist asked ____ father for his ____.
thier, receipt
their, receipt
thier, reciept
their, reciept
Remember: i before e, except after c (receipt); 'their' follows the 'ay' rule.
9.
Spell the missing words correctly.
The horse pulling the ____ began to ____.
sliegh, niegh
sleigh, niegh
sliegh, neigh
sleigh, neigh
Remember: 'ay' sounds need e before i (sleigh and neigh).
10.
Spell the missing words correctly.
She could actually see the quick pulse in her ____ after her sprint across the ____.
veins, field
viens, field
veins, feild
viens, feild
Veins has the 'ay' sound.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Spelling

Author:  Sheri Smith

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