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we has this discussion somewhere along the way:

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We did! It still follows though. Those show "e" before "i", not "i" before "e".

"I" before "e", except after "c" ... erm ... science, species, concierge, conscious ... :crazy:

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but the c does not come into play, so the e ought to follow the i....

see?

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Yes ..... :shock:

I'm just glad I don't have to learn English all over again.

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I have a list around here somewhere, or maybe I just saw it on-line.

It showed the 45 or so words the "I before E, except after C" rule applied to.
The phunny part, it also listed the 925 "cei" words where the rule did not apply.

Why have a rule when it doesn't apply to the mass majority?

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The English language's a complex one, from spelling to pronunciation. Many other languages at least follow a pattern, but that doesn't always apply in ours - just partly so. I also think it must baffle those who're learning it, when you get words such as "curious", but when it becomes "curiosity" you lose the "u". There are many instances of letters being dropped, and letters added. In the US, I believe you spell "traveling" with one "l"; here, it comes with a double "l". If you start studying words, you find all sorts of anomalies.

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hence i have to run everything with a spell checker or i lose what little's left of my mind. but then, i'll flag traveling - only to find out that it's ok - over there....

french is actually worse by a long shot. i mean wtf is it with adding stuff onto words to announce having dropped a letter or two, as anyone can actually see it! ex. august > août. :crazy: furthermore, all these fancy verb endings mean nothing, because nobody seems to actually say the whole word anyway...

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Weird - but I suppose the French're used to it! : )

Yes, travelling can be spelt with a single "l", but it's one of those words where either're accepted. In school though, kids're taught to use the double letters as it's "grammatically correct". Oddballs.

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Thanks for the post!

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Hello Dion. : )

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My primary teacher in the 60s had noticed this so she taught us "I before e except after c for the ee sound". So the ay sound in weight doesn't count, nor does the eh sound in heifer. Weird doesn't count because it's 2 syllables. The only exceptions are proper nouns such as Keith and Sheila.

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Thank you for that. Thank goodness I don't have to learn English again though, with the various pronunciations and exceptions! : )

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