I always get confused in spellings having ie and ei.
e.g. is it recieve or receive.
Is there any specific rule for them that might help me.
that was helpful
Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.
"I" before "E" except after "C"
However, there is a precondition, that is:
When “ei” or “ie” is pronounced as long e /i:/， put “i” before “e” except after “c”. For example, put "I" before "E": achieve, thief, siege, belief, niece, chief, piece, field, grief, relief yield, etc. Except after "C": ceiling, receive, deceive, conceive, perceive, deceitful, receipt, etc.
Exceptions: either, neither, seize, etc. Okay?
Last edited by albertino; 14-Jul-2007 at 10:33.
Thanks a billion, that was a great help.
Sometime ‘ie’ forms the end vowel of the 1st syllable and the beginning of the next in a multi-syllable word as in ‘quiet’, ‘Kiev’ or ‘Dieppe’.
In English, I teach students ‘generalizations’ rather than ‘rules’ as virtually in any of the formulations one can find many exceptions to the norms.
The rule I learned in school was "I before E except after C, or when said as "A" as in "neighbor" or "weigh." And then you have to learn exceptions, many of which are listed in this thread.