I Before E

Remember: I before E, except after C!

This has to be another one of the all-time favourite errors people make.

I learnt from a very young age to say the rhyme, “I before E, except after C!”, and you know what? I still use it today when I’m writing! That’s right – it has stuck with me through quite a few decades, and has been a great tool for me over the years.

Examples:

“My sister’s daughter is my niece.”

Psst! Remember how to spell niece by saying, “Nice niece!” … which means write the *i* in *nice* before the *e*.

Remember this poem:

I before e except after c
Or sounding like A
As in NEIGHBOUR and WEIGH
But LEISURE and SEIZE
Do as they please.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed these tips about “I before E” – do you have any tips you’d like to share?

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