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12.9: Review of the < i >-Before-< e > Rule

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Review of the <l>-Before-<E> Rule

1. All of the following words contain <ie> or <ei> spelling either [a¯], [e¯], or [i¯]. Read them carefully and then sort them into the matrix below:

allergiesalliesbelievecalorieceilingcollieconceitconceivedeceitdeceivingdignifieddriedeiderdowneighteitherfallaciesfeistyfieldfinancierfreightgalleriesgriefheightheirhurriedhygienekaleidoscopeleisuremagpiemarriedmoviesneighborneithernieceperceivespoltergeistprairiepriestproteinqualifiedreceiptreceiverreignreindeerreliefseismicseizeshriekskiessleighsleightstudiedsurveillancetheirthiefunderlieuntievariesveilveinweighweightweirdyielding

Words with the spelling. . .
<ei> <ie>
Words with [a¯]

eight

freight

heir

neighbor

reign

reindeer

sleigh

surveillance

their

veil

vein

weigh

weight

Words with [e¯]

ceiling

conceit

conceive

deceit

deceiving

either

leisure

neither

perceives

protein

receipt

receiver

seize

weird

allegies

believe

calorie

collie

fallacies

field

financier

galleries

grief

hurried

hygiene

married

movies

niece

prairie

priest

relief

shriek

studied

thief

varies

yielding

Words with [i¯]

eiderdown

feisty

height

kaleidoscope

poltergeist

seismic

sleight

allies

dignified

dried

magpie

qualified

skies

underlie

untie

Teaching Notes.

Item 1. We have put either and neither into the group with <ei> spelling [e¯]. Each word also has a variant pronunciation with [i¯], which would put it in the group with <ei> spelling [i¯]. For the record, leisure also has two pronunciations: one with [e¯], which we assume here, and one with [e], short <e>.

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