Unsure as to when you should spell the word with ‘ie’ or ‘ei’? Read this guide to clear up any confusion!
The general rule is that in words where i and e are next to each other,i will always appear before e unless the preceding letter is c : i before e except after c.
Note the following examples:
ei (after ‘c’)
However, this rule only applies when the sound represented is ‘ee’.
It does not apply to the following words, where the sound represented is not ‘ee’:
Exceptions to the general rule
As in every spelling rule, there are exceptions. There are a few exceptions to the general i before e rule, even when the sound is ‘ee’.
Here are some common examples: