Grammar 101: The whole ie/ei conundrum

(It was time for another grammar post –though it is not as long as my other posts.)

I will admit that I am one of those individuals that the whole “i” before “e” sometimes still stumps. The old mnemonic phrase “‘i’ before ‘e’, except after ‘c’, or when sounded like ‘a’ in neighbor and weigh.” Hasn’t really helped me out when you consider the fact that there are exceptions to the rule, and the phrase “Neither financier seized either weird species of leisure,” is a little bit harder to remember.

Sometimes I despise the English language (though it is rare) and dealing with the words that don’t fit into this pattern generally incites my ire.


  1. Do you know what I hate? The letter C. It is useless, I'm serious. C offers nothing to the table that K and S can't handle.

  2. I only hate the English language when I'm trying to teach it to children. I played Apples to Apples Jr. with one of my cousin who is just learning to read and helped him sound out the words. I had to explain repeatedly that certain "rules" didn't apply in certain circumstances, thereby rendering such letters and pairings into Jerks.

  3. What about the "Ch" sound katie? What would you do about that? Hmmmmmm?

    Jenna, I have no idea how I learned the ins and outs of the Enlish language as a child... it seems so daunting looking back on it now


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