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

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

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