EI and IE
EI and IE.
The digraphs ei and ie (as in receive and believe) cause confusion in spelling. The dictum â€˜i before e except after câ€™ holds good for nearly all words where the sound is long e (â€˜eeâ€™ as in seen), as with conceive, deceive, perceive. There are some exceptions with ie after c (such as species), and some words with ie after c where the pronunciation is not â€˜eeâ€™ (as with ancient and glacier). There are some 30 words with ei not after c but pronounced â€˜eeâ€™, such as protein, seize, weird.