But — you knew there was going to be a “but”, didn’t you? — there are always exceptions to rules. Some of these exceptions are based on the vowel sounds in a word. The longer form of the little rhyme runs: "I before E, except after C, or when sounded as "A," as in neighbour and weigh.” This exception can be seen in some of the words below.
Here are the notable ones you need to keep an eye out for!
There are other less common words that don’t conform to the “I before E” rule too, but this list contains the most commonly used offenders. If you make a special note of them, your spelling will improve and you won't get tripped up by those pesky vowels!
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