Exceptions to the rule of I before e


What are the exceptions to the rule Ibefore e and why?

exceptions asked Mar 11 '13 at 20:40 Lee New member

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Here's how I learned it.


I before e except after c,

and if it has the sound of a

as in neighbor and weigh.



I found this on the Internet

    I before E except after C, and when sounding like A as in neighbor or weigh.

    Either, neither, leisure, and seize, are exceptions if you please.

    Weird is weird, and it makes this rule bunk, and whoever spelled Budweiser the first time was drunk.

    …And as if in one final act of defiance, come I-after-C words like conscience and science.


Why? Just because.

link comment answered Mar 12 '13 at 00:17 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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