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    Cool get confused

    Hi,
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sting View Post
    Hi,
    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.
    It is receive. Unfortunately I don't know any rule. I just remember such words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    It is receive. Unfortunately I don't know any rule. I just remember such words.
    After c ei (receive, deceive) otherwise ie. There is a rule.

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    Re: get confused

    Thanks million
    that was helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    After c ei (receive, deceive) otherwise ie. There is a rule.
    Ok. Thanks! But I think there are not so many words like receive, deceive and perceive. Can you remind them to me?

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    Re: get confused

    Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.
    Remember this:

    "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.

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    Thanks a billion, that was a great help.

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    Re: get confused

    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.

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    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.

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