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It's weird how "'I' before 'E' except after 'C'" is a rule that when weighed against others is practically seized with exceptions that can be used at one's leisure. It has to be either heinous trick by english teachers or a rule that needed better surveillance before being told to everyone, amirite?

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"'I' before 'E' except after 'C' and when sounding like 'a' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh'"

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Frank_n_Furter Frank_n_Furter

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"'I' before 'E' except after 'C' and when sounding like 'a' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh'"

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Frank_n_Furter Frank_n_Furter

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Weird, seize, leisure, fahrenheit. I just couldn't get fahrenheit in this post.

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

In response to “Weird, seize, leisure, fahrenheit. I just...

Here's a list of all the exceptions. I think it's kind of a pointless rule to have if there's that much wrong with it. http://alt-usage-english.org/I_before_E.html

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Frank_n_Furter Frank_n_Furter

In response to “Here's a list of all the exceptions. I think...

Yeah, I did too, so I went through the trouble of forcing exceptions into my post about how weird the rule is.

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

In response to “Weird, seize, leisure, fahrenheit. I just...

Fahrenheit was someone's last name, not really a good example.

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Myrania Myrania

In response to “Fahrenheit was someone's last name, not...

I know, I said that further down in the comments.

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

In response to “I know, I said that further down in the comments.

I saw that after I had commented yes :) Sorry!

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Myrania Myrania

In response to “"'I' before 'E' except after 'C' and when...

You look like that one science/math guy in your picture

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xxdetroitxx xxdetroitxx

In response to “Einstein? http://www.teachthought.com/wp-conte...

I WAS GOING TO PUT HIM IN THIS POST!

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

In response to “Einstein? http://www.teachthought.com/wp-conte...

Yes I know.
But if I had said "you look like Albert Einstein in your picture" I wouldn't have been able to say the word science which is also another exception to the "I" before "E" except after "C" rule

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xxdetroitxx xxdetroitxx

In response to “Yes I know. But if I had said "you look...

oh I didn't even notice that
the bold didn't catch my eye for some reason

there's an e before i in his name,
but I don't know if that fits with the rule he's talking about

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fuzala fuzala

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I was wondering why you bolded "science"

I did a report on him in 5th grade where I dressed up, so I still had the costume c:

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Frank_n_Furter Frank_n_Furter

I was actually confused about this as a child. When I came across words that had an e before the i I would always think about that rule then it would get my mind all twisted up before I finally decided that the rule was invalid. For years I've been spelling weird like, "wierd." Thank you, educational system and your rules and whatnot. (no)

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BlindMist BlindMist

It really doesn't have much use as a rule; I think it's just meant to help people avoid common mistakes like "recieve" and "beleive".

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Logan Logan

It isn't taught as a rule in the UK anymore.

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WolfeDeWary WolfeDeWary

"i before e, except after c, or when sounded as 'ay,' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh.' 'weird' is just weird, and 'neither' doesn't follow the rule either."

idk about science, einstein, or heinous, though xD

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sabachthani sabachthani

In response to “"i before e, except after c, or when...

heinous is like weigh... at least in an american accent.

but Fahrenheit.

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

In response to “heinous is like weigh... at least in an...

just pronounced it like fehrenhate and it works

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death_or_glory death_or_glory

In response to “heinous is like weigh... at least in an...

whoops i thought it was pronounced high-nous.
but fahrenheit, the guy who invented fahrenheit, was dutch/polish so he doesn't count :DD

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sabachthani sabachthani

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ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: named after Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), German physicist.

I've never heard of him (wary)

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

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the german rule regarding i and e is good...whichever letter is last is the one that gets the sound

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sabachthani sabachthani

In response to “"i before e, except after c, or when...

I know with science the i and e are pronounced separately so that's why it doesn't count, I don't know about the other ones though.

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Frank_n_Furter Frank_n_Furter

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Don't hate on diphthongs.

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

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oh wait actually einstein isn't english, and neither is fahrenheit! yesssss
now seize, leisure, counterfeit, are the only sketchy ones.

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sabachthani sabachthani

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Fine then. Counterfeit.

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Skr3wBall Skr3wBall OP

Budweiser.

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name name

More words break this rule than follow it.

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DevonHollander

It's disappointing that the words you put in bold don't stand out as much as they should.

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StickCaveman StickCaveman

Can we just agree that English is a terribly inconsistent language? English doesn't borrow from other languages, it holds them at gunpoint in back alleys and pickpockets them for their irregular rules.

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