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Revise Your Spelling: Words Containing 'ie' and 'ei'

In this worksheet, students practise spelling words containing the letters 'ie' and 'ei'.

'Revise Your Spelling: Words Containing 'ie' and 'ei'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Awareness of Spelling Patterns and Rules

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

It is often difficult to know whether to use 'ie' or 'ei' to represent the 'ee' phoneme in a word.

 

For example, is it recieve or receive? You may have heard the saying 'i before e except after c', which holds true for most words. The correct spelling is receive, and the following words also contain the letters 'cei'.

ceiling

deceit

receipt

perceive

 

However, there are exceptions to the rule. The following words are spelt 'ei' even though there is no 'c'.

seize

weird

either

 

There are also a number of words that use the 'ei' spelling to represent different sounds.

for example:

neighbour

weigh

leisure

foreign

their

 

As usual, it is a case of learning which words follow the rule and which words don't!

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

neice

niece

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ceiling

cieling

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neighbour

nieghbour

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seize

sieze

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weird

wierd

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acheive

achieve

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perceive

percieve

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receipt

reciept

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foreign

foriegn

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beleive

believe

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
niece
EDDIE SAYS
'Niece' follows the 'i before e except after c' rule.
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
ceiling
EDDIE SAYS
'Ceiling' also follows the rule, as the word is spelt 'cei' not 'cie'.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
neighbour
EDDIE SAYS
'Neighbour' is an exception to the rule, as the 'e' comes before the 'i', but there is no 'c'.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
seize
EDDIE SAYS
'Seize' is another exception to the rule.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
weird
EDDIE SAYS
Again, 'weird' does not follow the 'i before e except after c' rule either.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
achieve
EDDIE SAYS
'Achieve' follows the 'i before e' rule. Although there is a 'c' before the 'ie', the 'c' does not come directly before these two letters, so the word is spelt 'ie'.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
perceive
EDDIE SAYS
'Perceive' follows the rule, as the word is spelt 'cei'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
receipt
EDDIE SAYS
'Receipt' also follows the 'i before e except after c' rule.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
foreign
EDDIE SAYS
'Foreign' is an exception to the rule, as the 'e' comes before the 'i' despite there being no 'c'.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct spelling of the following word.

CORRECT ANSWER
believe
EDDIE SAYS
Finally, 'believe' follows the 'i before e except after c' rule.
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