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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

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Worksheet Overview

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!

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