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.
“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?